The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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Established in 1958, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is one of five regional commissions. Its member states are 53 African nations. ECA’s strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and subregional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on Africa’s priorities…. Read more »

The African Development Bank Group

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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral finance agency that has the aim to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB Group is comprised of three institutions: The African Development Bank (the parent institution), the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB promotes the… Read more »

The WBI Governance for Extractive Industries Program

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The World Bank Institute’s (WBI) Governance for Extractive Industries seeks to build collective capacity to monitor oil, gas and mining agreements. The program brings together key actors from the private sector, government, media and civil society to improve contract monitoring in target countries. Recent steps of the program have been undertaken in Ghana including: The… Read more »

The World Bank Group and the extractive industry sector

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The World Bank Group is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries. The World Bank is involved in the extractive industry sector in various ways. One primary objective is the transparent management of extractive industry revenues, to prevent corruption and increase the accountability of the extractive industry as well as governments. The… Read more »

The UN-EU Partnership on Natural Resources and Conflict Prevention

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Natural resource management is a growing source of conflicts globally. Resources at the heart of the conflicts may be renewable such as water, land or wildlife, or non-renewable, such as oil, gas, minerals and timber. If well managed, natural resources can contribute to the welfare of a country and its population and may support peace… Read more »

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

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In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The UN Guiding Principles determines the global best practice for all States and businesses with regard to business and human rights. 31 principles constitute the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They outline the steps that… Read more »

The 2014 UN Security Council’s Resolution on the Democratic Republic of Congo

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In 2014, the UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo and related sanctions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It expressed the necessity that all neighbouring States take effective measures to ensure there is no support within or from their Territories to armed groups operating in eastern DRC. All internal or external financial, logistical… Read more »