While a trendy priority for new oil producers, sovereign wealth funds can easily be manipulated if their internal governance and oversight are not strong enough. Read More
Artisanal gold mining in Uganda today employs way more than the oil sector will ever employ in its lifetime. The bulk of artisanal mining occurs in gold-rich areas. Read More
Petroleum activities are concentrated in the pristine Albertine Graben, an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to a number of wildlife species of national and international importance. The waste from exploration and production activities will, therefore, always be right at the heart of this ecologically sensitive area. Read More
The law is laden with a number of ambiguities that should be clarified in the regulations when they are eventually released. Read More
Oil and gas may be seen as the in-thing for cash-hungry governments in Africa, but agriculture will outlast it.
New sectors and businesses are rapidly emerging and people in the Albertine region must be supported to develop the necessary skills to capitalise on these new opportunities. Read More
Petrol pump prices in Uganda can only reduce by a maximum of UShs 210, only a 5.6% drop, and the new price would allow retail dealers to earn a margin of UShs 150 – 180 per litre, which is not much. Read More
The MPs’ statements in the media indicate that they have not been doing their job, of representing their constituents, at least for the past fifteen months that the compensation has been taking place.
Governments should be open about the deals they do, and show that they have put safeguards in place to protect people and the environment.
The price governments pay for transparency is much lighter and affects only the minority-specifically rogue politicians and connected greedy business people. Read More