In recent years, there has been increasing interest in Africa’s natural resources, spurred on by new mineral discoveries. Yet there has also been a growing sense that the exploitation of these resources has to result in a greater developmental gain for the continent.
We interviewed Sheila Khama, Director of the African Resources Centre at the African Development Bank, on this highly topical issue. We asked her:
- What kind of partnerships are needed to ensure natural resources are channeled into development in Africa?
- Much of the discussion on Africa’s natural resources focuses on external factors, such as commodity prices or the role of China. But how could Africa take a more pro-active approach in the development of its resources?
- What is already being done, and what role can natural resources play in Africa’s long-term development vision?