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: Marmon, T
Release date: January 2009

Corruption in the Forestry Sector and Illegal Logging: The Problem, its Implications and Approaches to Combating it

This GTZ Policy Brief provides an overview of corruption in relation to illegal logging. It outlines the environmental, economic and social consequences of corruption in the forest sector and suggests policy approaches in three arenas: politics, society and economy. 

Author: Global Witness
Release date: January 2009

Country for Sale

Cambodia could eventually earn enough from its oil, gas and minerals to become independent of foreign development aid. This report details how this future is being jeopardized by high level corruption and nepotism in the allocation and management of public assets. It highlights how rights to exploit oil and mineral resources have been allocated behind closed doors by a small number of individuals.


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