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: Swedish Water House
Release date: January 2006

Corruption in the Water Sector: Causes, Consequences and Potential Reform

This Swedish Water House policy brief provides an overview of the diversity and scope of corruption in the water sector, drawing on examples from a range of water usages - including water resources management, supply and sanitation, agriculture and hydropower production. It also contains a critical examination of anti-corruption measures available for the water sector.

Author: Global Witness
Release date: January 2005

A Guide to Independent Forest Monitoring

Provides a framework for independent monitoring of forest resources based upon Global Witness' experiences.


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