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Institute of Development Studies – Considering the role of the extractive industry in the DRC and other areas of conflict

Institute of Development Studies – Considering the role of the extractive industry in the DRC and other areas of conflict.

About the presentation

Edward O’Keefe will look at the work that Synergy Global has done with the extractive industries in the DRC and other areas of conflict, including in Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Yemen. He will look at the drivers for extractive industries operating in areas of conflict, how issues of conflict are being managed, and some of the underlying reasons for why extractive industry companies fail or succeed at managing conflict.

Synergy is an independent international consulting company that works with businesses operating in challenging environments to help them secure their long-term value by creating positive social outcomes through the way they work. They work with companies, governments and NGOs, focusing on the management of social issues surrounding large-scale commercial projects, particularly in the extractives sector at all phases of the project life cycle from exploration and feasibility assessments right through to project closure.

About the speaker

Edward O’Keefe is a Director for Synergy Global and has experience with organisations such as AngloGold Ashanti, Shell, Rio Tinto, Newmont, IFC, DFID, as well as with international NGOs, and as an external assessor for Newmont’s Five Star Community and External Relations management system. He has authored papers on a range of subjects, advancing thinking on issues including indigenous people, poverty and the extractive sector. He worked previously for the conservation NGO Fauna & Flora International and the UK Department for International Development, mainstreaming natural resource and poverty issues into the Ugandan government programme to reform agricultural advisory services.

For more information on this seminar, or any others in the series, please contactVivienne Benson. This event is part of the ‘Conflicting Interests’ Business and Development seminar series, hosted by IDS’ Globalisation team.

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