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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Release date: January 2010

Let the good times roll? Raising tax revenues from the extractive sector in sub-Saharan Africa during the commodity price boom

This DIE discussion paper shows that sub-Saharan African countries collected only relatively low tax revenues from the extractive sector during the period of high mineral and energy commodity prices from 2003 to 2008. The author argues that corruption and patronage in the granting of concessions and in tax administration caused low implicit tax rates. Poor conditions also impeded investments in downstream processing and additional production. As a consequence, sales revenues and hence the tax base were relatively lower then, for example, Australia.

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. 


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