Africa is going through an economic boom. This is based on foreign investment in its natural resources.
Nigeria, to take one example, has massive oil resources yet 70% of its people live on less than €1 a day.
In other countries, for example, workers are dying due to lack of proper safety standards in mines which are foreign (non-African) owned. Has our insatiable hunger for oil, coal, iron etc inured us to the rights of the African people whose God-given resources they are?
Some of these investors are moving into mineral-rich African countries and getting control of the local resources. To some observors it is a new form of (economic) colonialism.
Read the SMA Justice Briefing no. 23 to learn more.