Natural Resource Management

Natural resources can drive corruption and corruption can be a feature of resource management. Learn about the risks and potential strategies to address them.

Natural resources often provide fertile ground for corruption. Since many partner countries in development cooperation are richly endowed with natural resources, these contexts pose special challenges for donor support. Corruption risks cut across resource sectors – from oil and minerals to forests and fisheries. This U4 theme explores these issues to inform donor practice in resource-rich contexts.

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Stealing Africa. How much profit is fair? (by Why Poverty)

See how Zambian efforts to leverage development through copper exports are progressing against a background of past grand corruption cases and illicit financial flows. The video starts in a Swiss village.
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Author: Susan Rose-Ackerman, Paul D. Carrington (Eds)
Release date: July 2013

Anti-Corruption Policy: Can International Actors Play a Constructive Role?

This edited volume argues that the most effective ways for international actors to limit corruption are not always obvious. Limiting corruption is a means to an end. But the ends of reformers (from addressing economic stagnation to tackling persistent poverty) are not always explicit. International institutions face a related set of issues: how to determine the underlying policy problem, understanding how corruption can exacerbate it, seeking policy levers that might limit the impact of corruption, and identifying appropriate routes for international influence. 

Author: Gillies, A
Release date: January 2010

Giving Money Away? The Politics of Direct Distribution in Resource Rich States

The governments of resource rich states have several options for how to allocate oil and mineral revenues, including the direct distribution of revenues to their citizens. This paper discusses the political feasibility and political implications of such cash transfers in the specific context of resource-rich states. Identifying the contexts in which this policy is mostly likely to emerge, and understanding the potential governance risks and benefits, will help policymakers consider the desirability of cash transfers as an allocation choice.


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