Politics and resource management and engaging new political spaces

South African Resource Watch

Today all African countries with the exception of the Kingdom of Swaziland are electoral democracies. The advent of democracy raised hopes and optimism that natural resources would be managed in a transparent and accountable manner, since transparency and accountability are key tenets of democratic societies. The reality today, unfortunately, seems to suggest that the fall of dictatorships did not translate into better management and use of mineral resources. SARWatch will investigate how politics and corruption in a democratic dispensation are shaping the resource governance agenda.