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Title: Governance, conflict and natural resources in Africa : understanding the role of foreign investment actors
Author: Besada, Hany Gamil
ISNI:       0000 0003 8423 0817
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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An abundance of natural resources may serve as a curse or a blessing to-countries with such wealth. Outcomes often depend on prevailing-governance structures and the experience that government administrations-have in managing these assets. Using a structural political economy-approach, I shed light on the role that foreign state-owned and private-sector-actors play in resource-rich stable, post-conflict, and fragile states in sub--Saharan Africa. My findings are derived from data collected through desk--bound research and an analysis of qualitative data gathered during in-depth-interviews with local stakeholders in the three case study countries: Ghana,-Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia. This research strives to explain how foreign-state-owned and private-sector corporations have contributed to economic-growth at both the national and local levels in different types of resource-rich-countries. My dissertation also underscores how these actors have affected-overall country and regional stability over time. All three case studies are structured thematically. The role of foreign-investors in the management and governance of natural resources in sub--Saharan Africa is addressed through seven themes: (1) legal/regulatory-frameworks; (2) beneficiation, local content, and value addition; (3) inclusive-economic transformation, or the lack of it; (4) conflict and security, (5) local-community development; (6) sustainable energy solutions; and (7) natural-resource exploitation. Through an exploration of these themes, I investigate-the unique challenges and opportunities created by these investors in the-economic development of the region - and conclude that the adoption of-integrated local content, beneficiation and value addition policies in business-practices and operations has the potential to generate positive economic-transformation. My findings also indicate that collaborative governance-involving state governments, the private sector, and local community-representatives is vital to promoting community development and to defusing-conflict.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HC Economic History and Conditions