The development of many Southern African countries is inextricably linked to the mining sector. Yet the history of mining in Southern Africa, a region marked with high levels of inequality, is…

Marek Hanusch, Gracelin Baskaran |

Traditional Charcoal Stoves in Haiti/ World Bank [[tweetable]]Across the world, over 3 billion people cook with solid biomass over traditional stoves resulting in negative impacts on health and…

Katie Kennedy Freeman |

In many countries, natural resources and extractive minerals are lucrative state assets that fail to contribute to economic prosperity. In resource-rich Africa, regulatory mismanagement,…

Cari Votava |

At this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, leaders are not hiding their concerns about the commodities downturn. Government representatives express their…

Paulo de Sa |

The ancient cities of Bagan, Myanmar, and Luang Prabang, of Lao PDR offer today’s travelers a nostalgic vision of South East Asia: timeless landscapes and exquisite architecture. This vision is in…

Morten Larsen |

Mining is a high stakes industry. For the growing list of countries looking to translate underground assets into tangible benefits above the ground, the ability to negotiate and implement a good…

Michael Jarvis |

Conflict Diamonds A National Geographic Special on conflict diamonds. I am a mining specialist, not a conflict specialist. But on my recent trip to Sierra Leone, I was struck by the ever-present…

Christopher Sheldon |

With oil in Niger and Uganda, natural gas in Mozambique and Tanzania, iron ore in Guinea and Sierra Leone―African countries are increasingly finding rich new deposits of oil, gas, or minerals and…

Makhtar Diop |

Pétrole au Niger et en Ouganda, gaz naturel au Mozambique et en Tanzanie, minerai de fer en Guinée et Sierra Leone : les découvertes d’abondants gisements miniers et d’hydrocarbures se multiplient…

Makhtar Diop |

Imagine que es dirigente de un país africano y todo su presupuesto gubernamental anual es de US$1.200 millones. Ese mismo año, un inversionista vende el 51% de su participación en una enorme mina…

Caroline Anstey |