Intensive and extensive margins of mining and development: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
ACDE Trade & Development Seminars
Date & time
Tuesday 26 September 2017
Seminar Room C, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU
Sambit Bhattacharyya, Sussex University.
“What are the economic consequences of mining in Sub-Saharan Africa? Using a panel of 3,635 districts from 42 Sub-Saharan African countries for the period 1992 to 2012 we investigate the effects of mining on living standards measured by night-lights. Night-lights increase in mining districts when mineral production expands (intensive margin), but large effects approximately equivalent to 16 per cent increase in GDP are mainly associated with new discoveries and new production (extensive margin). We identify the effect by carefully choosing feasible but not yet mined districts as a control group. In addition, we exploit giant and major mineral discoveries as exogenous news shocks. In spite of the large within district effects, there is little evidence of significant spillovers to other districts reinforcing the enclave nature of mines in Africa. Furthermore, the local effects disappear after mining activities come to an end which is consistent with the ’resource curse’ view.”
The Francophone Africans: A Last Frontier for Australia
DATE:Tue, 17 Oct 2017
18:00 – 19:00. Refreshments available from 5.30 pm.
VENUE: AIIA (ACT Branch), Stephen House, 32 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT
Mr William Fisher is the Special Envoy of the Australian Government for the Francophone States of Africa and La Francophonie. He is a former Australian senior diplomat. Mr Fisher is currently a Visiting Fellow at the College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University.
While Africa in general, and the French-speaking part of it in particular, may seem of distant interest to Australian preoccupations, there is an increasing number of issues where Australia will find it needs constructive partners in this region. The 24 Francophones constitute about half of the African bloc, and thus are an essential group in any contested UN vote, where they can act quite efficiently as a bloc. Each country is quite different, and state governance issues are often complicated. Terrorist threats can dominate in several, particularly the Sahel countries, while much of central and equatorial Africa suffers from years of often violent political instability and poor development outcomes. The Indian Ocean states, while not immune from political troubles of their own in the past, are generally now doing rather well. Australia has no assets in the region, and no resident Embassies other than, from just this month, Morocco.
COST: Free for AIIA members, $10 for non-members, $5 students. Payable at the door.
Mortality transition and associated socioeconomic differentials in Agincourt, rural South Africa, 1993-2013: Findings from population surveillance
Date and time:
Fri, 22nd Sep 2017 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
***** Location: NOTE VENUE CHANGE
SEMINAR ROOM B, COOMBS BUILDING
Chodziwadziwa Kabudula (Caldwell Fellow, see below) and Brian Houle (Lecturer in Demography)
Link to Flyer: http://demography.anu.edu.au/seminars/tba-4
Understanding a population’s mortality burden and its variation by socioeconomic status (SES) is important for setting locally-relevant health and development priorities, identifying critical elements for strengthening of health systems, and determining the focus of health services and programmes. We examine changes in mortality levels, cause composition, and variation by socioeconomic status in Agincourt, rural South Africa over the period 1993-2013. The population experienced steady and substantial increases in overall and communicable disease related mortality from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, peaking around 2005-07 due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Overall mortality steadily declined afterwards following reduction in HIV/AIDS-related mortality due to the widespread introduction of free antiretroviral therapy (ART) available from public health facilities. By 2013, however, the cause of death distribution was yet to reach the levels it occupied in the early 1990s. Overall, the poorest individuals in the population experienced the highest mortality burden and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis mortality persistently showed an inverse relation with SES throughout the period 2001-13. Although mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) increased over time in both sexes and injuries were a prominent cause of death in males, neither of these causes of death showed consistent, significant associations with household SES. These findings highlight the need for integrated health-care planning and programme delivery strategies to increase access to and uptake of HIV testing, linkage to care and ART, and prevention and treatment of NCDs to achieve further reduction in mortality. Greater attention is especially needed for the poorest individuals to reduce associated socioeconomic inequalities.
Chodziwadziwa (Cho) Whiteson Kabudula is a Data Scientist and Researcher at the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit) at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is the 2017 John C Caldwell Population, Health and Development Visiting at the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health and School of Demography at the Australian National University. His research focuses on integrating population-level socio-demographical, behavioural, disease and risk factor prevalence data from surveillance populations with clinical, treatment and laboratory data and applying demographic, statistical, computational and informatics techniques to study population-level morbidity, mortality and utilisation of health services.
The exhibition Biskra: sortilèges d’un oasis has been sparked by responses of
cosmopolitan avant-gardists who visited around 1900, including the André Gide, Henri Matisse and Béla Bartók
Wednesday 20 September 2017, 4.30 – 6pm
This public lecture is co-presented by the ANU Centre for European Studies and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences.
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Professor Roger Benjamin
Professor of Art History
University of Sydney
Professor Benjamin is a Canberra-born art historian and curator who trained in Melbourne, Bryn Mawr and Paris. His work has focused on Matisse studies,contemporary Aboriginal art, and the social history of European Orientalist painting.
The Nye Hughes Room
ANU Centre for European Studies
The Australian National University
Building #67C, 1 Liversidge Street
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The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia Winter (FECCA) publishes its national magazine, Australian Mosaic, three times a year.
Australian Mosaic is a plain English magazine, which discusses a wide range of contemporary issues associated with multiculturalism, social justice, community harmony, and cultural and faith pluralism in Australia.
Issue 46 (Winter 2017) is about Shared Experience and
Learning from African Communities in Australia.
The varied contents, which include articles on education, citizenship, sport, communication, and much more, can be found at
Tracking population, health and social transitions in Agincourt, rural
Overview of the Agincourt Health and Demographic
SPEAKER: Chodziwadziwa (Cho) Whiteson Kabudula –
2017 John C Caldwell Visiting Scholar,
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit) at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
DATE: Wednesday 13 September 2017, 12.30-1.30pm
VENUE: Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62 NCEPH (entrance on Eggleston Road)
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Hello, Anne Worthington here from Q&A at ABC TV.
This Monday September 11th we have Senator Lucy Gichuhi joining the Q&A panel for the first time.
I thought some of your members and other contacts who are based in and around Sydney might be interested in coming along and being part of the studio audience.
Can you please pass the below information out amongst your contacts?
Thanking you in advance.
Kenyan born Independent SA Senator Lucy Gichuhi will join the Q&A panel on Monday 11th September from the ABC’s SYDNEY studios from 8.30pm.
Also joining host Tony Jones on the panel to answer YOUR questions;
Zed Sesilja – Liberal Senator & Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs
Mark Dreyfus – Shadow Attorney General & Shadow Minister for National Security
A.C. Grayling – Author and Philosopher
Merav Michaeli -Visiting Israeli MP
We are currently taking audience bookings for the show.
To join the audience here’s what you need to do:
In Q.13 (how did you hear about us) please write “AFSAAP” as a reference.
Someone from Q&A will then be in touch with more details.