Ghana's Big Test: Oil's Challenge to Democratic Development
Senior Policy Advisor – Extractive Industries
International Finance Corporation-Oil, Gas and Mining
Media and Campaigns Coordinator
Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Ghana
CSIS Africa Program
For Ghana, the start of oil production in late 2010 may prove to be a significant boom to the country’s economic and development ambitions. But, as many other countries have shown, it will be a difficult journey to move from the generation of oil wealth to its proper investment and to avoid potential pitfalls of corruption, social conflict, and environmental degradation. This event will examine how well Ghana is prepared to manage its forthcoming oil boom and ensure accountability, transparency, and sound developmental practice.
At this event, Oxfam America and the Integrated Social Development Centre (Ghana) released a new report, Ghana's Big Test: Oil's Challenge to Democratic Development. At the session, Ian Gary presented the report's main findings and recommendations, and a panel discussion followed.