STREAM: Natural Resource Governance and Sustainable Human Development in Africa

STREAM: Natural Resource Governance and Sustainable Human Development in Africa

This stream will facilitate continued dialogue on the key interface between natural resource governance and sustainable development in Africa. This stream will explore the potential and the problems presented by both the abundance and the scarcity of natural resources, their governance and the effects on development especially human development. It will explore country examples as well as the role of state and non-state actors in resource governance. Natural resources will refer to hydrocarbons, minerals and water.

The stream hopes to utilise four panels to examine the following themes:

–          Oil & Gas

–          Mining

–          Water

–          Gender & Vulnerable groups


Confirmed Panels

Sustainability Partnerships in Africa: Governance, Complexity and Outcomes

New and more complex partnerships are emerging to address the sustainability of natural resource use in Africa. These partnerships variously link donors, governments, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business, certification agencies and other intermediaries. High expectations and many resources have been invested in these initiatives. Yet, we still do not know whether more sophisticated organizational structures, more stakeholders involved, and more advanced participatory processes have delivered better sustainability outcomes, and if so, in what sectors and under what circumstances. This panel includes a series of papers presenting preliminary results from the ‘New Partnerships for Sustainability’ (NEPSUS) research project, which assembles a multidisciplinary team to analyze sustainability partnerships in three key natural resource sectors in Tanzania: forestry, wildlife and coastal resources. In each of these sectors, NEPSUS assesses whether co-management with local communities and private and civil society actors, and putatively more participatory processes in the governance of renewable resources, result in more equitable and sustainable livelihoods and environmental outcomes. NEPSUS compares ‘more complex’ partnerships to relatively ‘simpler’, more traditional top-down and centralized management systems, and to instances where sustainability partnerships are not in place. These findings inform a nuanced understanding of the political economy and ecology of conservation in Africa, and of what factors may help public authorities in successfully orchestrate national (and transnational) environmental governance.

  • Local community participation and satisfaction in collaborative fisheries governance: Experiences from BMUs and Marine Parks in Tanzania, Namkesa, Faraja,(University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
  • Sustainability partnerships in Tanzania: Are they leading to more insecurity for wildlife and local livelihoods?, Noe, Christine, , (University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) and  Brockington, Dan, (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom)
  • New Partnerships for Sustainability in Tanzania: Governance, Complexity and Outcomes, Ponte, Stefano, (Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark) and Noe, Christine, (University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
  • The Impact of Sustainability Partnerships on Gender Equality in Forest Governance in Tanzania, Silvano, Pilly, (University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
  • Sustainability Partnerships and Livelihood Outcomes in Tanzania, Mwamfupe, Asubisye, (University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)


If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Adaeze Okoye (; Uwa Idemudia ( and Emmanuel Osuteye ( For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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