Commodities and development in Africa: Is the glass half full?

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3,
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6
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1 July 2014
1 July 2014
Over the past twenty years, the commodities price boom has accelerated growth in many economies across Africa. Though prices plummeted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, a rebound in the post-crisis era has brought many countries back on to the path of sustained growth in the region...
1 July 2014
How can Sub-Saharan African countries make the most of the commodity price boom to promote sustainable development? In the context of the opportunities opened up by the boom in commodities prices, how can sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) ensure that the benefits are widely spread and inclusive whilst...
1 July 2014
Small-scale miners in developing countries have sought to profit from increased gold prices on international markets. But ensuring sustainable social and environmental conditions through responsible mining require concerted efforts and partnership from actors across the supply chain. The rising...
1 July 2014
What role can trade policy play in tackling the various challenges that prevent a large-scale deployment of renewable energy systems in Africa? Estimates from the International Finance Corporation ( IFC ) show that close to 600 million people in Africa, around 70 percent of the continent’s...
1 July 2014
A variety of factors are likely to affect the conservation and economic implications of a given wildlife trade regime. Earlier this year the UK government hosted a high-profile conference to discuss the challenge posed by illegal wildlife trade. Forty-six heads of states converged on London, duly...
1 July 2014
Bans on the trade in wildlife may do more harm than good. Regulated trade provides sectors space to improve sustainability and animal welfare practices and increase benefits for rural communities. The illegal trade in plants and animals is driving many species around the world to the verge of...
1 July 2014
[This article was published on 5 June] - The African Union Commission and the European Union each released their respective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda last week, shortly after the circulation of a “zero draft” that would serve as a potential launching point for negotiating a...
1 July 2014
[This article was already published on 5 June 2014] - The UN working group charged with formulating a proposed set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) met recently for its penultimate session in New York, with delegates for the first time considering a “ zero draft” that will serve as a basis...
1 July 2014
East African countries to fight illegal logging Representatives from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania announced their intention to work together, along with INTERPOL and UN agencies, to combat illegal timber trade. The initiative is a cross border project intended to reduce emissions from deforestation...
1 July 2014
Post-2015 Development Agenda Briefing Series – ICTSD – June 2014 The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals was established by the United Nations General Assembly to provide recommendations for a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda...