Southern Africa Mineral Governance Barometer Launched at #AMI2017
By Dorothy Brislin | February 15th, 2017
Today’s governments are challenged with creating new approaches to governance that enable them to better exploit the developmental potential provided by mineral resources. Establishing regulatory frameworks and state capacity to ensure that activities and mining companies are compatible with efforts to promote inclusive and sustainable development are central to this challenge. The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW), a Natural Resource Governance project of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) has come up with a tool to assess the capacity of governments in the region to rise to this challenge: Southern Africa Mineral Governance Barometer.
The Southern Africa Mineral Governance Barometer was launched at the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the 6th February 2017. In attendance at the gathering were civil society representatives working on environmental justice and with labour, mining affected communities, governments and regional regulatory bodies. Professor Rod Alence of Wits University, co-author and lead researcher presented the key indicators of the Barometer. Kojo Busia of the Africa Minerals Development Centre moderated the discussion that followed with speakers including the Honourable Bwalya Yaluma, Zambia Minister of Mines, Claude Kabemba, SARW Director, Siphokazi Mthathi, Executive Director of Oxfam SA and Siphosami Malunga, OSISA Executive Director.
The Barometer provides analysis and indicators that show the extent and quality of mineral governance within and across ten countries in southern Africa: Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It promises serve as a critical resource for governments, mining companies, activists and research institutions interested in understanding resource governance trends in the region.