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The extractive industries in the developing world: dilemmas and opportunities

SEI’s Development Policy and Finance Team and the Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) presented Tony Addison as the keynote speaker for the SEI and SweDev dialogue on development research on 19 September.

19 September 2023
Online only

Tony Addison discussed how oil, gas and mining remain important for low-income and middle-income countries as sources of public revenue and foreign exchange. Many developing countries still see opportunities in oil, gas and coal, not only for revenues but also to serve their growing domestic energy and transport needs. At the same time, the extractive industries are big emitters (especially so in the case of fossil fuels) and they can cause serious environmental damage which undermines other sources of livelihood. Further, the sector still has a high prevalence of non-transparency and corruption.

This engaging dialogue includes a discussion with Joakim Wohlfeil (Senior Advisor, Conflict and Justice, Diakonia), with opening and closing remarks by Janet Vähämäki (Director, SweDev Secretariat).

Agenda

  • Welcome remarks from Janet Vähämäki
  • Keynote presentation by Tony Addison
  • Discussion with Joakim Wohlfeil
  • Interactive Q&A session
  • Closing remarks from Janet Vähämäki

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About Tony Addison

Tony Addison is a distinguished Professor of Economics at University of Copenhagen and a Senior Research Fellow at UNU-Wider. He was previously Chief Economist and Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, Finland and used to work as the Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI).

Mining in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran.

Mining in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran.

Photo: omid roshan / Unsplash

Dialogues on Development Research

This dialogue is part of SEI’s and SweDev’s dialogue series on development research. The aim of the dialogues on development research is to spread the findings of development research. The dialogues serve as a platform for researchers to share their work in an informal and public manner. The dialogue series target researchers, practitioners and policymakers within the field of development research.

Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev)

The Swedish Development Research Network is a member-based network. SweDev aims to connect development researchers across Sweden to strengthen collaboration within the research community and to increase interaction between development researchers and practitioners. SweDev seeks to support the use of research-based knowledge for efficient policymaking and practice among actors working for the 2030 Agenda.

SweDev is generously funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and led by a steering committee consisting of representatives from Swedish academic institutions.

Learn more about SweDev.

SEI’s Development Policy and Finance Team

The Development Policy and Finance Team at SEI Headquarters is a group of researchers working on topics related to human development and environment. We conduct research from local to global scale, providing state of the art interdisciplinary research, analysis and training to inform policy and practice at the nexus of environment and development research and policy.

Learn more about SEI’s Development Policy and Finance Team.

Janet Vähämäki
Janet Vähämäki

Team Leader: Development Policy and Finance

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Carly Evaeus
Carly Evaeus

Fellow

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Nelson Ekane
Nelson Ekane

Research Fellow

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Alice Tunfjord
Alice Tunfjord

Associate

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Annika Hilgert

Research Associate

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Topics and subtopics
Economy : Finance
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