Natural Resource Management

Regulation of oil + transparency in oil rich economies + forest concessions

Natural resources often provide fertile ground for corruption. Since a substantial number of partner countries in development cooperation are richly endowed with natural resources, these contexts pose a particular challenge for effective donor action. The risk of corruption cuts across natural resource sectors – from non-renewable resources such as oil, gas, minerals and metals, to renewable resources such as forests, fisheries and land. There are, however, important variations in the challenges presented by these sectors and the manner in which corruption in relation to them can be addressed. This U4 Theme explores and summarises the available information on corruption in natural resource management with a view to informing donor practice in resource-rich contexts.