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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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: 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.

Author: Leader-Williams, N, Baldus, R D and Smith, R J
Release date: January 2009

The influence of corruption on the conduct of recreational hunting

This book chapter discusses how corruption might allegedly influence the conduct of recreational hunting. It outlines some key challenges for proponents of recreational hunting who wish to reform its governance practices.


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