Tue, Feb 14, 2012
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
CPRF - Tuesday 14 February - Extractives, Equity and Conflict: Lessons from work at local, national and international levels
Extractives, Equity and Conflict:
Lessons from work at local, national and international levels
Tuesday, February 14th from 9.30am to 11.30am
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Researchers have documented that dependence on exploitation of natural resources “substantially increases the risk of civil war.” This is the curse of plenty. However, this does not have to be the case. Oil, gas, and minerals exploitation can fuel equitable development and help people raise themselves from poverty. Poorly managed exploitation of these valuable natural resources and inequitable appropriation of the enormous wealth they generate can mire a country in poverty and exacerbate underlying inequalities which can fuel corruption and violent conflict. In too many developing countries, people living near the extractive industry operations see little benefit from the extraction of this national wealth. Instead they bear a disproportionate share of the costs: environmental contamination and health risks, degraded livelihood security, ruptured social fabric and conflict (Extractives and Equity: An Introductory Overview and Case Studies from Peru, Angola and Nigeria (2011) Edited by Tom Bamat, Aaron Chassy and Rees Warne, CRS page 1).
Panel members will discuss trends and lessons learned in work on equity and the impacts of extractives industries (oil, gas and mining) in developing countries and will particularly highlight the effects on conflict. Rees Warne (Catholic Relief Services) will draw on recent research sponsored by Catholic Relief Services to discuss actions being taken by civil society organizations, communities and the Catholic Church in resource-rich countries to reduce negative impacts and increase local benefits from extractive companies’ operations. Prof. Peter Rosenblum (Columbia Law School) will situate the focus on conflict minerals within the larger international movements on natural resource exploitation and address the need for integrating the conflict mineral discussion with other work on the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Isabel Munilla (US Publish What You Pay coalition) will discuss legal frameworks with international reach that aim to improve transparency of oil, gas and mining revenues paid to governments as a step towards increasing government accountability for the spending of national natural resource wealth.
Rees Warne ( Senior Technical Advisor for Resource Governance at Catholic Relief Services)
Peter Rosenblum (Peter is the Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor in Human Rights at Columbia Law School).
Isabel Munilla (Isabel is the Director of Publish What You Pay United States)
Raymond Gilpin (Raymond directs United States Institute of Peace’s Center for Sustainable Economies
Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036