The effects of transnational mining corporations on national/regional processes of accumulation and development

Date: 13 May 2015

Venue: UAntwerp, IOB, Nile Room - Grauwzusters, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB

Short description: IOB Seminar by Ben Radley

The DRC is typical of a number of 'fragile states' in Africa and beyond that have, with the support of the IMF and the World Bank, undergone mining sector reform since the late 1980s, leading to the adoption of liberalised mining codes where the role of the state is to facilitate foreign investment and uphold the sanctity of private property. This has resulted in a rapid rise of resource-seeking inward foreign direct investment to these fragile states, particularly since the turn of the century, leading to sustained high GDP growth rates.

Yet what does this mean for the long-term development prospects of the affected countries? Using the DRC as a case study, my research aims to shed light on how the practices of transnational mining corporations interact with the political context to shape accumulation and development outcomes.

For this, I intend to conduct a macro-level quantitative analysis of the impact of resource-seeking FDI to the DRC's mining sector on the country's balance-of-payments, alongside a micro-level qualitative exploration of the socio-political effects at the local level, through the selection of two or three mining projects.

Ben Radley is a British researcher with five years experience in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, working primarily on issues related to natural resource governance and artisanal mining. He has conducted research in the region for a variety of organisations, including NGOs, research institutes, consultancy firms and universities.

He is currently working on his PhD at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

He is also part of the team that made the documentary ‘We Will Win Peace’ about the journey of two Congolese miners as they react to the competing pressures placed on them by Hollywood celebrities, rebel soldiers, student activists and, ultimately, their own families.

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