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: 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.

Author: Nelson, F and Agrawal, A
Release date: January 2008

Patronage or Participaton? Community-based Natural Resource Management Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa

This article focuses on the political nature of institutional processes associated with decentralisation of wildlife management in sub-Saharan Africa. It provides a comparative analysis of wildlife management reforms in seven east and southern African countries, arguing that institutional reforms are largely dependent on state authorities


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