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Now Available: 'One Thing Leads To Another - Promoting Industrialisation By Making The Most Of The Commodity Boom In Sub Saharan Africa

By Mike Morris, Raphael Kaplinsky and David Kaplan

The Commodity Price Boom, starting in 2002 has led to an increased interest in the role of commodities in development. Many African countries have experienced increased investment and trade in their commodities sectors, but little is known about the extent of linkages from these investments.

In One Thing Leads to Another researchers from the Open University and the University of Cape Town, use their findings on factors affecting the breadth and depth of commodity related industrial linkages in a variety of sectors and countries to develop an analytic framework.

This book will interest policy makers in the public and private sector involved in industrialisation of the resource sector, as well as those researching resource, industrial and trade policy. It also adds to understanding development strategy in the context of the impact of China and other emerging economies on Africa.

A printed copy (5.43 + postage) can be ordered here.

Promoting Industrial Diversification in Resource Intensive Economies 2012, prepared by Prof. Raphael Kaplinsky and Dr. Masuma Farooki, under the supervision of Ludovico Alcorta, Director of the Development Policy, Statistics and Research Branch, UNIDO.

The report covers the key issues researchers, policy-makers and industrial stakeholders need to be aware of to promote industrial diversification in resource intensive economies. It also provides practical insights on how to address the policy imperatives of many of these economies in order to foster economic and social development, and to meet the needs of their populations.

The EI Source Book: Good-Fit Practice Activities in the International Oil, Gas & Mining Industries - A free online, interactive resource containing a library of documents for download, built around nine narrative Chapters of extractives industries content.

Book: 'The Impact of China on Global Commodity Prices' by Masuma Farooki and Raphael Kaplinsky.

Report by McKinsey & Company: Resource Revolution

See Discussion Papers for the latest research findings of the program

  • The WTO Report 2010: Trade in Natural Resources.
  • The African Economic Outlook 2010 : (Covers policy material relevant to resource rents and can be read on line)
  • Economic Development in Africa Report 2010. (UNCTAD)
  • Recent Commodity Market Developments: Trends and Challenges. (2008) UNCTAD.
  • The Rise of China and India: What's in it for Africa? (2006) OECD Development Centre. (Can be read on line)


  • Presentations:
    Making the Most of Commodities: From Theory to Practice (Kaplinksy: UNCTAD June 2010)

    The Rise of The Asian Drivers and the Implications for Africa (Kaplinsky)

    What Happens In Global Value Chains When The Final Market Shifts From The North To The South? (Kaplinsky, Tijaja, Terheggen and Farooki)

    China and Commodities: Does A Southern Engine of Growth Lead to Disruptive Development? (Kaplinsky et al)

    The Southern Engines of Growth and Hard Commodity Prices: Does China Lead to Disruptive Development? (Farooki)

    MMCP Workshop March 2010

    Diamonds in Botswana (Mbayi)

    Making the Numbers Work for you (Farooki)

    Promoting Sustainable Business Linkages -UNCTAD’s approach (Farinelli)

    Papers prepared for the The Annual Conference of the Chinese Economic Association (UK) and CEA (Europe) 12-13 July 2010 at the University of Oxford (UK)

    Masuma Farooki: China’s Commodities Demand, The Financial Crisis And Economic Recovery - What Now For Resource Rich African Economies?

    Juila Tijaja: The Impact of China's Demand on Domestic Value Chains - Lessons from the Cassava Value Chains in Thailand

    Anne Terheggen: China's Impact on Tropical Timber Vale Chain in Gabon

    World Bank Working Papers:
    Kaplinsky and Farooki (2010): What Are the Implications for Global Value Chains When the Market Shifts from the North to the South?

    Kaplinsky, Tijaja and Terheggen (2010): What Happens When The Market Shifts To China ? The Gabon Timber And Thai Cassava Value Chains

    For other research publications please visit the Asian Drivers Resources page
    For the University of Cape Town Visit The MMCP page

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