Online courses

Addressing corruption in the natural resources sector

19 October – 13 November 2020 3 weeks, expert-led course. Improve your understanding of how corruption affects the natural resources sector and what can be done about it. Suitable for development practitioners, public officials, and civil society activists working on natural resources issues.


Facilitated, expert-led course.

Free of charge.


3–4 weeks.

Participants will need 3 to 5 hours per week to go through the material and complete a short assignment.


19 October – 13 November 2020 (English)
9 November – 13 December (French)




Who can apply

The course is intended for practitioners involved in programmes related to natural resources and/or anti-corruption.

U4 online courses are primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests. Partner staff can sign up directly, see below.

We sometimes have limited spaces available for anti-corruption practitioners from NGOs. Write to if you are interested, or if you are a U4 partner inviting a guest.

Course prerequisites

The course is designed not only for participants that have a good understanding of corruption and natural resources but also for those that have no prior experience and seek to strengthen their knowledge.

However, in order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course. Essentials of Anti-Corruption II: Development Programming is also recommended, but not required.

What you'll learn

Week 1

Identify main forms, challenges, consequences, and drivers of corruption in the natural resource sector.

Week 2 and 3

In-depth assessment of corruption risks by sub-sector. Depending on your interest, you will select two of the following sectors as focus for your course work:

  1. Oil, gas, and mining
  2. Forestry
  3. Wildlife


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the major ways in which corruption in the natural resources sector can arise.
  • Asses corruption risks, patterns, and mechanisms used.
  • Propose and prioritise a set of anti-corruption approaches and ways to integrate anti-corruption measures into natural resources sector programming.

Questions about the course? Contact our course coordinator, Vera Devine.

Register your interest for this course

We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

U4 online course coordinator