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Title:Neglected but affected: voices from the oil-producing regions of Ghana and Uganda
Authors:Bybee, Ashley Neese
Johannes, Eliza Mary
Year:2014
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Volume:23
Issue:2
Pages:132-144
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Uganda
Subjects:petroleum industry
communities
political stability
social conditions
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2014.894924
Abstract:The 'resource curse' is the paradoxical theory frequently used to explain how a seemingly desirable asset, such as oil, can actually pervert an economy, erode governance, perpetuate conflict, and ruin local communities to the extent that it becomes a curse. New oil discoveries in western Ghana and western Uganda have raised concerns for the democratic prospects and future stability of these countries and their surrounding regions. Based on field interviews in these oil-producing regions, this report summarises how local communities have been affected thus far and their concerns for the future. The authors assess the extent to which each country is vulnerable to oil-induced instability, and identify groups or communities that would be most likely to perpetuate it. Lastly, it provides some assessment of the future trajectory of each country. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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