Monday 27th January 12pm – 2pm, Room 116, SOAS
With Annie Dunnebacke (Global Witness Deputy Campaigns Director, Conflict Resources), Emma Vickers (Global Witness Lead Campaigner, Sudan and South Sudan) & Dr Jonathan Di John (Development Studies, SOAS)
Resource rich countries in Africa seem destined to suffer from corruption, conflict and instability. Global Witness works to prevent resource wealth becoming curse, conducting investigations into allegations of corruption and lobbying for global policy change to ensure that some of the world’s poorest people benefit from the natural resources they rightfully own. South Sudan is the world’s newest country, and its most oil-dependent. With 98% of state income drawn from oil, getting resource management right from the word go is essential. What progress has South Sudan made towards building an oil industry that benefits its people? What challenges still remain? How can the international community contribute? Global Witness’ experience here since independence offers some answers, but also begs more questions on the possibility of responsible extraction in Africa.