The project aims to deepen understanding of the impact of oil, gas and mineral discoveries and investment in these extractive industries on political settlements and conflict in East Africa. It will review the broad literature on this topic in low to middle income countries (LMICs), and identify evidence gaps salient to three country case studies of Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda and produce 4 policy briefs:
- What do resource-rich developing countries tell us about the politics of mining, oil and gas?
- Will devolution lead to inclusive development of Kenya’s oil, gas and mineral resources?
- Could mining lead to inclusive development in Rwanda?
- Prospects for inlcusive development from oil, gas and mining in Ethiopia
The expected outcome is to inform longer term research programming in East Africa about evidence gaps and lessons learned, in order to mitigate risks of conflict and promote inclusive, sustainable development.
Sturman, K. Evidence synthesis of the impact of extractive industries on political settlements and conflict in East Africa. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (2015) 68 pp.