World Environment Day, 2020: Building Resilient Health Structure to Combat Novel Diseases: A Case of COVID-19. A discussion with Jeffrey Sachs Moderated by Jason J. McSparren

The Virtual Symposium hosted over 25 renowned sustainability leaders, environmentalists, researchers, specialists on health, botanic conservation, resource management sustainable agriculture and building from around the world. Speaker such as Jeffrey Sachs, Adenike Akinsemolu, Marc Rosen, amongst others share their insights on our path towards sustainable development. See my discussion with Jeffrey Sachs from 5 JuneContinue reading “World Environment Day, 2020: Building Resilient Health Structure to Combat Novel Diseases: A Case of COVID-19. A discussion with Jeffrey Sachs Moderated by Jason J. McSparren”

The Green Room: Episode 1: Is the Extractive Industry a Burden or Opportunity for Sustainable Development?

SUMMARY OF THE DISCUSSION The discussion kicked off with a brief introduction of our distinguished speaker, Professor Damilola Olawuyi, and our amiable moderator Dr. Jason McSparren. The topic was one that is long overdue, only to be validated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria as a nation and Africa as a continent has not lived upContinue reading “The Green Room: Episode 1: Is the Extractive Industry a Burden or Opportunity for Sustainable Development?”

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Africa Mining Vision (AMV): Policy Tools for Natural Resource-based Development

Jason J. McSparren The EITI (www.eiti.org) – The global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources – is arguably the most prominent global governance intervention applied to the extractive sectors. Since its inception in 2002, the EITI has targeted official corruption and fiscal mismanagement in the extractive sectors by reinforcing democraticContinue reading “The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Africa Mining Vision (AMV): Policy Tools for Natural Resource-based Development”

Developmental State and New Regionalisms in the African Context

The value chains of the African mining sectors underwent structural transformation in the 1980s and increasing in the 90s as western-based mining and energy interests capitalized on the liberal ‘globalization’ era. Perhaps, the Africa Mining Vision plays a role in a realignment of current structures as states maneuver to gain a greater percentage of sharedContinue reading “Developmental State and New Regionalisms in the African Context”

THE MINING-DEVELOPMENT NEXUS

States across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are well endowed with natural resources. In many cases, resource-rich[1] African states are economically dependent on the extractive sectors – mining for minerals and metals and drilling for oil and natural gas. According to Kaufmann (2012), extractive-dependent African societies can have as high as 80 percent of their populations livingContinue reading “THE MINING-DEVELOPMENT NEXUS”