• Political finance:
    • Disclosure of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) internal financing structure including domestic and foreign entities, shareholdings, investments, donations and other inflow and outflow;
    • Cap on political finance donations related to elections and other;
    • Separation of BDP and De Beers interests including principals shared in both party and corporate structures.
  • Diamond industry:
    • Removal of monopoly, oligopies, and cartels in the diamond industry;
    • Disc

The size of the Nova Cidade de Kilamba, the Chinese built housing development outside Angola’s capital Luanda, was as important as the construction itself. The US$3.5billion estate – made up of over 700 buildings over 54sq kilometres - was supposed to be a flagship symbol of Angola’s post-war economic might and it led many to dare to dream of having their own home.

By partnering with De Beers, Botswana is party to the secretive, monopolistic business practices that underpin the diamond industry. The Botswana government’s ability to reel in corporate misbehavior is hamstrung by the fact that it works so closely with De Beers—the most important player in the system that keeps diamond prices high through artificial pricing and scarcity. It’s a system that benefits Botswana through elevated diamond prices, but at the same time, De Beers also seems to participate in business practices that deprive Botswana of taxes.

On March 8th, all 14 African nations on UNESCO’s current executive board voted to approve a prize sponsored by Teodoro Obiang, president of Equatorial Guinea. They did so under the guise of 'African solidarity' - in the process dismissing a host of prominent African voices, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Graça Machel, and many others, who had publicly urged UNESCO to abandon the misguided and inappropriate prize.

A new global transparency standard for oil and mining industry revenues promises to bring transformative benefits to citizens across the world but not in Angola, if big oil in the USA gets its way.

Human Rights Watch 2013 report paints depressing picture

Mail & Guardian in-depth report into graft in Angola

UNHRC points to progress and concerns

The Arab Spring began when Tunisian street vender Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire. Symbolically, the uprising peaked in oil-rich Libya when Muammar Gaddafi's government was toppled. Since then, much has been made of the downfall of dictators and the emergence of free speech in parts of the Arab region. Now is the time for an African Spring, a potential next wave of democracy that is poised to spread across Africa.

Battle over US Dodd-Frank oil revenue rules

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