April 2014

IDA Research Staff participate vigorously in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Highlights of IDA research activity from April 2014 follow.

IDA Researchers Publish Article on New Oil Discoveries in Africa

Dr. Eliza Johannes and Dr. Ashley Bybee are Research Staff Members who make up part of IDA's Africa Program.IDA's Eliza Johannes and Ashley Bybee conducted research in western Ghana and western Uganda, where new oil discoveries have raised concerns for the democratic prospects and future stability of these countries and their surrounding regions. Working with local assistants, Dr. Johannes and Dr. Bybee met with local chiefs, assemblymen, community leaders, fisherfolk, youth groups, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and research institutes. Their article, which examines how local communities have been affected thus far and their concerns for the future, was based on their field interviews. They assessed the extent to which both Ghana and Uganda are vulnerable to oil-induced instability, and identified groups or communities that would be most likely to perpetuate it. They also provided some assessment of the future trajectory of each country.