Conference

Monday 18 January 2016, 14:00 - 19:30

Extractive Industries and Local Governance in Developing Countries

Panel discussion

Auditorium Jacques-Freymond
Parc Barton, Geneva


Extractive industries play an important role in resource-rich developing countries. Natural resource extraction makes a significant contribution to GDP and government revenue in such countries. However, there are many risks associated with resource dependence including commodity price volatility, lack of transparency and corruption, environmental degradation, displacement of communities and labour rights violations, which can outweigh the economic benefits. Focusing on Africa, Asia and Latin America, this conference explores how effective local governance strategies have been used in specific contexts to overcome such challenges and enable natural wealth to improve people's lives. 
  
14:00–14:15 – Introduction

  • Gilles Carbonnier, Professor at the Graduate Institute, Geneva | Editor-in-Chief, International Development Policy
  • Liliana Soler, Academic Coordinator (DPP) for Latin America, Graduate Institute

14:15–15:45 – First Panel

  • Carlos Monge, Director for Latin America, Natural Resource Governance Institute (Peru)
    El agotamiento del extractivismo. Una mirada al caso peruano
  • Neil Renwick, Professor of Global Security, Coventry University (UK)
    China and local governance in the extractive industries: A comparative study of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia
  • Dario Restrepo, Researcher, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
    Territorios en disputa – Tensiones entre extractivismo, derechos etnicos, gobiernos locales y medio ambiente

Moderation: Liliana Soler, Academic Coordinator (DPP) for Latin America, Graduate Institute
Discussants: Gilles Carbonnier, Humberto Campodonico, Patricia Vasquez

15:45–16:15 – Coffee Break

16:15–17:30 – Second Panel

  • Raphaëlle Chevrillon-Guibert, Researcher, Institut de recherche pour le développement, Paris
    Gold boom in Sudan – How economic actors and Sudanese authorities cope with new opportunities and constraints
  • Patricia Vasquez, Research Associate, CCDP, Graduate Institute | Consultant, UNDP–World Bank (Kenya)
    Four key policy areas to improve governance of the extractive industry in the developing world

Moderation: Claude Auroi, President, Swiss Society of Americanists
Discussants: Carlos Monge, Dario Restrepo

17:30–18:00 – Coffee Break

18:00–19:30 – Round Table

The Local Governance of Extractive Booms and Busts: Perspectives from Africa, Asia and Latin America

  • Christine Batruch, Vice-President Corporate Responsibility, Lundin Petroleum
  • Carlos Monge, Director for Latin America, Natural Resource Governance Institute (Peru)
  • Chantal Peyer, Team Leader Business and Human Rights, Bread for All
  • Neil Renwick, Professor of Global Security, Coventry University (UK)
  • Patricia Vasquez, Research Associate, CCDP, Graduate Institute | Consultant, UNDP–World Bank (Kenya)

Moderation: Humberto Campodonico, Professor of Economics, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru)


The round table will be followed by a cocktail.


The event is co-organised by International Development Policy, the Swiss Society of Americanists, the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (IHEID), and the Centro Estudios y Promocion del Desarollo – desco (Peru), with the support of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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