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The new scramble for Africa’s resources – looting or development?

10 november, 2015 @ 20:00 - 22:00

The outside world has its eye increasingly set on Africa. Farming lands and new discoveries of oil, gas and minerals have made the continent interesting again – not only for former colonial powers and the United States but also China and India. Under the motto “trade no aid”, Africa’s poor are to be lifted by trade rather than aid.
Meanwhile, history shows that rich natural resources easily become a curse. Instead of creating jobs, better education and healthcare, large export revenues often lead to corruption, conflict and to countries becoming dependent on raw materials.
Who are the winners and who are the losers in the new scramble for Africa’s resources? Who ensures that the fortunes will benefit the citizens themselves, and what is required for a broad community development?
These issues will be discussed at a panel debate in Lund on 10 November.
Panellists include:
Margaret C Lee, leading Africa researcher and author of “The 21st Century Scramble for Africa”
Nnimmo Bassey, was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2010 for discoveries about the humanitarian and ecological disaster as a result of the Nigerian oil industry.
Erik Esbjörnsson, Africa correspondent for Dagens Nyheter
Fredrik Segerfeldt, has written reports on development issues, and works at the think tank Timbro


10 november, 2015
20:00 - 22:00