The political economy of local content in African extractives: Lessons from three African countries

Lars Buur, Michael Hansen, Mette Kjær, Ole Therkildsen

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Extractive foreign direct investment (FDI) is heralded as the new development opportunity in Africa. But extractive FDI has a record of producing enclaves in host countries with few linkages to the local economy. Only if it creates local content will extractive FDI become a catalyst of development. This paper analyses the trajectories of local content policies and practices in three African countries – Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique. We argue that we cannot understand the dynamics and outcomes of local content policies in African extractives without understanding how local content has become ingrained in ruling coalitions’ rent-seeking and maintenance activities in the three countries. We discuss the consequences of evolving local content practices for political patronage.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date23 Oct 2014
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2014
EventDansk Selskab for Statskundskab årsmøde - Hotel Vejlefjord, Vejle, Denmark
Duration: 23 Oct 201424 Oct 2014


OtherDansk Selskab for Statskundskab årsmøde
LocationHotel Vejlefjord

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