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: Smith, J et al
Release date: January 2003

Illegal Logging, Collusive Corruption and Fragmented Governments in Kalimantan, Indonesia

This paper distinguishes between collusive and non-collusive corruption in the forest sector, analysing their interaction with the political and institutional environment. 

Author: Contreras-Hermosilla, A
Release date: January 2000

The Underlying Causes of Forest Decline

This is a broad look at the underlying causes of forest decline, including illegal logging activities and corruption. It provides a useful catalogue of illegal acts that promote deforestation and forest degradation. It also contextualises the debate on corruption in the forestry sector, noting that forest decline is part of an elaborate


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