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QUIZZES // Chad Cameroon pipeline

Q1. How many kilometres of pipeline are there on Earth?

2 million


3.5 million

4.2 billion

Q2. In what decade was oil first discovered in Chad’s southern Doba Basin?





Q3. Which of the following is the correct definition of foreign direct investment?

The movement of money for the purpose of trade, investment, or business operations.

Investments made by a company or entity from one country into another country.

This occurs when wealth is moved from the place of its creation to somewhere else.

The long-distance movement of a liquid or gas through a network of pipes.

Q4. Which of the following is the correct description of the location of Chad?

A West African country with a coastline on the Gulf of Guinea

The eastern-most country on the Horn of Africa

A country in north-east Africa through which the Suez Canal passes

A landlocked central African country in the Sahel region

Q5. What are les moutmouts?

The name of a village in rural Cameroon through which the pipeline passes

The name for the system of government inherited from colonial times in rural Cameroon

The name for the group of TNCs involved in the pipeline project

The Cameroonian name for black flies that have spread disease along the pipeline route

Q6. Why did former ExxonMobil Senior Vice-president Rex Tillerson refer to the area through which the pipeline passes as ‘a blank page’?

Because nobody had yet mapped out the area.

Because projecting an image of the area as being ‘empty of people’ enabled the company to assert power and a sense of control over the place.

Because nobody lived there.

Because he regretted the impacts that the construction of the pipeline had on the local community.

Q7. Which two European colonial powers established the system of governance that continues in rural parts of Cameroon today?

Germany and France

France and Britain

Britain and Germany

France and Italy

Q8. Name the root vegetable that residents of the Nanga-Eboko region of Cameroon complain that it has become much harder to farm since the pipeline was built.




Sweet Potato

Q9. What role did the World Bank play in the Chad-Cameroon pipeline?

They provided military support to ensure the pipeline was secure.

They carried out detailed environmental impact assessments that showed there was a risk that the project would negatively affect the area.

They provided large loans to the governments of Chad and Cameroon, as well as the consortium of TNCs, in order to finance the project.

They sought to cancel the project and tried to ensure that it was implemented in a way that better supported local residents.

Q10. Which of the following is the correct definition of a non-governmental organisation?

Non-profit group that acts independently of government

An association usually made up of a group of private companies

The way that issues affecting more than one state can be managed at a global level

The long distance movement of a liquid or gas through a network of pipes

Q11. The Forest People’s Project worked with Cameroonian NGOs. What did they achieve in 2007?

Cancellation of all debt related to the Chad-Cameroon pipeline.

Increased FDI flows brought in to the region by the consortium of TNCs.

Withdrawal of the World Bank from the pipeline project in 2007.

Improved land rights for some indigenous communities along the pipeline route.

Q12. Who was President of Chad until April 2021?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Thomas Sankara

Idriss Deby

Paul Biya

Q13. Which is the correct definition of the term ‘resource curse’?

When wealth is moved from the place of its creation to somewhere else.

The way that some countries fail to benefit fully from their resource wealth, and in fact experience negative impacts from extracting them.

A situation whereby the social, economic and environmental conditions of existence for a group of people are disturbed without them being moved out of the area.

When a country is forced to try and develop without having any natural resources of its own.

Q14. What is COTCO?

An international NGO

A global oil extraction TNC

An international institution involved in the governance of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline

A private company that manages the Chad-Cameroon pipeline

Q15. Which of the following is geographer Amber Murrey’s overall evaluation of the impacts of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline?

It aggravated and exacerbated poverty through the destruction of livelihoods and ecologies.

It improved living conditions and helped to finance numerous additional development projects.

It was largely criticised by NGOs, who played a crucial role in reducing the negative impacts of the pipeline.

It has provided crucial funds to the governments of Chad and Cameroon.


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