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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Aled Williams

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January 2007 - U4 Issue Paper

Transparency in oil rich economies

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: Milledge, S A H et al
Release date: January 2007

Forestry, Governance and National Development: Lessons Learned from a Logging Boom in Southern Tanzania

This report describes how Tanzanian forestry policy, as set out in the formal laws and regulations governing the management of forest resources, was systematically being manipulated by domestic and foreign private sector interests in concert with senior Tanzanian and foreign government officials. 

Author: Plummer, J
Release date: January 2007

Making Anti-Corruption Approaches Work for the Poor: Issues for Consideration in the Development of Pro-poor Anti-Corruption Strategies in Water Services and Irrigation

This Swedish Water House report highlights the need for greater attention to the poor in the development of anti-corruption strategies in the water sector. It provides pointers for how pro-poor anti-corruption strategies might be developed in the sector, considering some of the key factors that determine corruption-in-water as it affects the poor. The report borrows from efforts in other sectors in exploring ingredients that might be considered in the development of a pro-poor anti-corruption water sector strategy.


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