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Natasha White, Researcher at the anti-corruption NGO Global Witness: «Corruption favours opaque systems, undemocratic governments with little social responsibility.»

Africa’s extractive industries (hydrocarbons, minerals, timber) are regularly singled out for corrupt practices. The British NGO Global Witness, which has been denouncing the continent’s bad practices in this area for years, is well aware of this. In this interview for Resources, researcher Nathasha White, a specialist in these issues within the organisation, looks back at…

Cocoa: child labour in question(s) – Interview with sociologist Rodrigue Koné

Revealed to the general public by the feature film « Slavery, a global investigation » (2000), a British documentary by Brian Woods and Kate Blewett broadcasting (among others) the testimonies of child victims of trafficking in West Africa, forced child labour is now a major issue in the sector. According to the Cocoa Barometer 2018, more than…

Reckya Madougou, special advisor to Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé and specialist in social economy issues: « On a continental scale, there is still a long way to go before the full potential of human resources can be optimized ».

A technocrat and politician of Beninese origin who held several ministerial portfolios (Justice, Youth and Women’s Employment, Microfinance, etc.) under President Boni Yayi before becoming special advisor to the Togolese President, Reckya Madougou is now one of the leading figures in the fight for financial inclusion on the continent. A position that would make her,…

Marie-Chantal Kaninda, Executive Director of the World Diamond Council: « The diamond trade generates $7.6 billion in direct revenue for Africa annually ».

Marie-Chantal Kaninda, a Congolese woman (DRC), has been the Executive Director of the World Diamond Council since March 2017, having worked with the largest international mining groups (Ashanti Goldfields, AngloGold Ashanti, De Beers, Rio Tinto…). A key institution that represents the interests of the industry, particularly in the context of the Kimberley Process. As one…

Fanta-Bernath

Fanta Bernath de
Font-Réaulx :
« The future of cocoa sector in Africa is more about local processing to service local consumption ».

Raw materials markets are crucial to the global economy and fascinating. And for good reason: their importance is only equaled by the opacity that surrounds the major players in this universe of insiders. The cocoa sector is no exception. Fanta Bernath de Font-Réaulx, a recognized specialist in this segment after having been active for a…