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”

New Book Release!

A great new book has just been released titled: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CANADA’S ROLE IN AFRICA’S EXTRACTIVE SECTORS Edited by Nathan Andrews and J. Andrew Grant. University of Toronto Press My chapter is titled: The Impact of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights on Corporate Social Responsibility Policies: An Assessment of CanadianContinue reading “New Book Release!”

The Africa Mining Vision: Beyond Official Development Aid and Partnerships

Approaching 2020, geopolitical order is experiencing widespread disruptions that are creating flux in global power structures. This, along with economic and political progress across Africa, creates an opportunity for states to make structural change in the extractive industries through the implementation of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV). Development in African states has been curtailed firstContinue reading “The Africa Mining Vision: Beyond Official Development Aid and Partnerships”

GLOBAL GOVERNANCE, HUMAN SECURITY, and CHALLENGES TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

GLOBAL GOVERNANCE, HUMAN SECURITY, and CHALLENGES TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Jason J. McSparren 12.12.2019 Quincy, MA Global governance and human security are contested terms. Definitions for these terms are debated. I will explain my working conceptualization of them here. Global governance is a liberal democratic concept that theorizes civil society as empowered to take part inContinue reading “GLOBAL GOVERNANCE, HUMAN SECURITY, and CHALLENGES TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”