Last week, Erik O. Wright passed away after a long battle with illness. We have lost a brilliant Marxist, one of the original thinkers of Democratic Socialism, a friend, and a comrade. But his legacy can allow us to learn more from him.
An analysis in response to the 2019 Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) conference.
This paper argues that transparency, championed by the EITI, is not enough in countries like Nigeria which are characterized by bad governance in the form of corruption and patronage since it does not fundamentally alter the incentives for corrupt practices.
Politicians and oil companies will continue to be corrupt as long sanctions are not imposed for such behaviour at the expense of local communities, socio-economic growth and a narrowing inequality rate. This is why it is important to consider moving away from voluntary approaches towards a more binding instrument that is not dependent on a country’s institutions for effective implementation of anti-corruption laws.
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Analysis by Sikho Luthango, Programme Manager for Labour Relations and Economy at Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southern Africa.
On the 25th of May 2019, the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung hosted a seminar titled, “Gender Inequality in Trade Unions”. The event was held in Cape Town at the Tshisimani Activist Centre. The event took place in a context where, as argued by Horn (1991), the labour movement and the left have positioned themselves as vanguards of the working class and its struggles. However, it is doubtful to what extent the labour movement can advocate and protect the interests of further marginalized groups such as Womxn and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) people.
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Report and photographs by Sikho Luthango, Programme Officer for Labour Relations and Economy.