African Natural Resources Centre

04-Nov-2019

Policy Brief - Strengthening Private Sector Engagement in the Oil and Gas Value Chain in Uganda

The discovery of oil and gas in Uganda has created unprecedented opportunities that can stimulate sustainable development. One of the tools to achieving value creation through the newfound resource is through enhanced private sector engagement, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) given their presence across sectors. Nevertheless, the lack of understanding of the oil and gas value chain and applicable standards may hinder the effective participation of SMEs, thus affecting their ability to boost local skills development, job creation and inclusive economic development. In...
04-Nov-2019

Policy Brief - Strengthening Private Sector Engagement in the Oil and Gas Value Chain in Kenya

Oil and gas finds in Kenya present a unique opportunity that can cement the path towards sustainable development. Enhanced SME engagement in the sector is a critical lever for sustainable development. Together with micro enterprises, SMEs are estimated to contribute about 33.8% to Kenya’s GDP and employ close to 14.9 million Kenyans. These figures are likely to rise if SMEs are strengthened to sustainably participate in the nascent oil and gas sector. Nevertheless, SME sustainability is considerably constrained due to inadequate capacity, lack of information on market and quality standards,...
04-Nov-2019

Issue Paper - Strengthening Private Sector Engagement in the Oil and Gas Value Chain in Uganda and Kenya

This paper is a product of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) and the Extractives Baraza (EB) in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Africa Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and the African Natural Resource Centre (ANRC), under a grant from the Ford Foundation to support Uganda and Kenya’s Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in value chain of the oil and gas sector.
22-May-2019

Review of the land tenure systems - Report on Tanzania

The African Development Bank Group places renewed emphasis on natural resources management as a transformational platform. For this reason, the Bank, through its African Natural Resource Center (ANRC), is undertaking a study to review the land tenure systems in Tanzania as part of a wider multi-country level study to support the creation of an enabling environment for Agricultural Transformation for Africa
19-Apr-2019

La Banque africaine de développement soutient la lutte contre le travail des enfants dans les mines de cobalt en RDC

Pour lutter contre le travail des enfants dans les mines de cobalt en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, mercredi 17 avril 2019, un financement de 84,36 millions de dollars américains en faveur du Projet d’appui au bien-être alternatif des enfants et jeunes impliqués dans la chaîne d’approvisionnement du cobalt (PABEA-Cobalt). Les administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement ont donné leur feu vert à cette aide, composée d’un prêt de 45,19 millions de dollars et d’un don de 32,14 millions de dollars, au titre de la...
06-Dec-2018

Malawi: African Development Bank US$ 35 million loan to boost agriculture and natural resource management

The African Development Bank has approved a US$ 35 million loan for the Shire Valley Transformation Program - Phase 1 (SVTP-1), aimed at reducing poverty through the development of agricultural value chain and climate adaptation mechanisms. The Shire Valley Transformation Project will provide access to gravity fed irrigation and drainage services to the Chikwawa and Nsanje Districts south of Malawi. It will also secure land tenure for smallholder farmers and strengthen management of wetlands and protected areas. The project will provide infrastructure and enabling environment to scale...
05-Dec-2018

AEC2018: African Governance Report calls for better management of natural resources

The African Governance Report 2018 has called for better management of the continent’s natural resources to match the expected yields generated by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The report, entitled ‘Natural Resource Governance and Domestic Revenue Mobilization for Structural Transformation’ was launched at a special plenary session held on Tuesday 4 December during the African Economic Conference, in Kigali, Rwanda. The African Governance Report is produced by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and examines efforts made to improve the governance of Africa’...
13-Jul-2018

African Legal Support Facility and African Natural Resources Centre strengthen capacity in negotiating fisheries agreements and licences

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), in partnership with the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank, recently held a capacity development workshop to support coastal African countries in effectively negotiating fisheries agreements and concessions. The workshop took place 2-6 July  at the Protea Centurion Marriott Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa. A similar workshop was earlier held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in May for a first batch of coastal countries. Both workshops were organised based on official languages of the countries. Welcoming participants...
17-Apr-2018

African Natural Resources Centre to host West Africa gas competence seminar

The African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank will host a high-level West Africa gas competence seminar in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on April 17-18, 2018. The seminar will highlight the transformative potential of natural gas for established and new gas producers in West Africa. Participants will discuss strategies to unlock the natural gas potential for domestic and regional markets. They will gain a better understanding of current downstream developments, conducive policy frameworks and market dynamics. The African Natural Resources Centre has produced a series...
21-Mar-2018

How Forestry contributes to the African Development Bank's 'High 5s' Priorities: challenges and opportunities

African forests span over 21 to 23 percent of the continent’s total land mass. However, forest endowments vary across the different regions and countries of Africa, with far higher proportions in the continent’s central and southern regions. The analysis in this paper provides greater evidence of the numerous contributions of forestry to the African Development Bank’s High 5 development priorities. The paper stresses that forestry has tremendous potential to contribute to the green economy and increase household as well as state revenues in African countries. It further pinpoints that the...
21-Mar-2018

Assessing forestry law enforcement, governance and trade in Africa

This report aims to initiate the process of supporting timber-exporting African countries in combating illegal timber harvesting and trade. It focuses, in particular, on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) national strategies and the implementation of European Union Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreements (EU-FLEGT VPAs). The is largely based on a desk review of the global forestry context and the technical and institutional aspects of voluntary partnership agreement ratification, as well as current constraints to ratification. Three African countries (...
21-Mar-2018

International Day of Forests: Interview with Modibo Traore, Officer-in-Charge and Chief Natural Resources Management Officer at the African Natural Resources Centre

How does the International Day of Forests, March 21, align with the African Development Bank’s work in natural resources management and the Bank’s High 5 development priorities? The theme of the 2018 International Year of Forests is “Forests and sustainable cities.” It is about promoting cleaner, greener and healthier places to live. This aligns well with the High 5 priorities of the African Development Bank, especially in terms of “Improving the quality of life of the people of Africa.” Sustainable cities as a theme is opportune because it is estimated that six billion...
21-Mar-2018

Governance is key to boosting intra-Africa trade of timber products, says report by African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank

A new report by the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank has stressed the importance of forestry governance to boosting intra-African trade of wood products. The report, Assessing forest law enforcement, governance and trade in Africa, was launched on 21 March, the International Day of Forests, which has as its theme this year, “Forests and sustainable cities.” According to the report, forestry contributes to the economic development, livelihoods and environmental sustainability of timber-exporting countries, mostly in Central Africa and...
21-Mar-2018

International Day of Forests: Interview with Modibo Traore, Officer-in-Charge and Chief Natural Resources Management Officer at the African Natural Resources Centre

How does the International Day of Forests, March 21, align with the African Development Bank’s work in natural resources management and the Bank’s High 5 development priorities? The theme of the 2018 International Year of Forests is “Forests and sustainable cities.” It is about promoting cleaner, greener and healthier places to live. This aligns well with the High 5 priorities of the African Development Bank, especially in terms of “Improving the quality of life of the people of Africa.” Sustainable cities as a theme is opportune because it is estimated that six billion...
21-Mar-2018

International Day of Forests

On March 21, 2018, the world celebrates the International Day of Forests. It marks an occasion to shine the spotlight on the importance of sustaining and protecting woodlands and trees, which are vital to economies, livelihoods and environment. This year’s theme, ‘Forests and Sustainable Cities’, provides the platform to increase awareness on the role of forests in storing carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in urban areas. By 2035 about half of Africa’s population will be living in urban areas. This population trend presents considerable demands for...
04-Mar-2018

Partnerships are key to protecting the continent’s wildlife: African Development Bank joins international community to commemorate World Wildlife Day

The African Development Bank Group joined the international community to commemorate World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2018. On the occasion, we spoke with Anthony Nyong, the Bank’s Director of Climate Change and Green Growth, on what the African Development Bank is doing to protect one of the continent’s most precious resources: its wildlife. Our institution and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have partnered since 2011 on issues such as climate adaptation, mitigation, biodiversity and ecosystems. In what way has the African Development Bank concretely benefited from this partnership...
06-Dec-2017

High-level policy dialogue on natural resources value chains in the ECOWAS region

The African Natural Resources Center will host a workshop on value chain policies on select natural resources, namely iron ore, diamonds, natural gas and tilapia. The main objective of the High Level Policy Dialogue is to strengthen the capacity of RMCs to effectively design and implement competitive downstream policies for value addition and to enhance the ability of governments to negotiate with investors. Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources,  John Peter Amewu, will join a high-level panel at the opening of the workshop. This dialogue will also bring together...
08-Nov-2017

Gas domestication in South Korea Lessons for African countries

Since importing its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 1986, Korea has developed a gas industry based on LNG imports and is continuing to promote gas use for transport and as a clean fuel in city areas. This study identifies and describes the issues encountered by Korea during the successful development of its gas industry. Korea’s experience provides relevant lessons for those African governments that are considering options for the development of their own gas industries
02-Nov-2017

Four African States apply for Fisheries Transparency Initiative membership

Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and the Seychelles have informed the FiTI Secretariat of their desire to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). On the model of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), FiTI is a code of conduct involving States, civil society, development partners and operators in the fisheries sector that provides for the publication of all national legislation on and all contracts related to the fisheries sector. With the support of Peter Eigen, former president of Transparency International and an iconic EITI figure, a draft FiTI Charter was...
02-Nov-2017

AfDB encourages transparent governance of fisheries through the FiTI

"Eating fish caught by a vessel that is opaque about its catch often amounts to eating fish from activities related to forced labour, that have been used to provide cover for human trafficking and the transportation of drugs." Behind that warning made by Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria from 1999-2008, in an opinion piecepublished in October 2017 on the Monde Afrique website, lies the urgency to achieve transparent governance of African fisheries. After attempting to achieve this with national responses, African States are now engaged in a collective...