Recording: The extractive industries in the developing world

September 28, 2023

Recording of the dialogue with Tony Addison.

Mine in Tabriz, Iran. Photo by amid roshan / Unsplash.

SEI’s Development Policy and Finance Team and the Swedish Development Research Network presented Tony Addison as the keynote speaker for the SEI and SweDev dialogue on development research on 19 September.


Tony Addison discusses how oil, gas and mining remain important for low-income and middle-income countries as sources of public revenue and foreign exchange. Many developing countries still see opportunities in oil, gas and coal, not only for revenues but also to serve their growing domestic energy and transport needs. At the same time, the extractive industries are big emitters (especially so in the case of fossil fuels) and they can cause serious environmental damage which undermines other sources of livelihood. Further, the sector still has a high prevalence of non-transparency and corruption. 

About the Speaker 

Tony Addison is a distinguished Professor of Economics at University of Copenhagen and a Senior Research Fellow at UNU-Wider. He was previously Chief Economist and Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, Finland and used to work as the Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI).  

This engaging dialogue included a discussion with Joakim Wohlfeil, Senior Advisor, Conflict and Justice, Diakonia, with opening and closing remarks by Janet Vähämäki, Director, SweDev Secretariat.

What the recording here.