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Addressing corruption in the natural resources sector

4-week, expert-led course. Understand 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.
Addressing corruption in the natural resources sector


Facilitated, expert-led course.

Free of charge.


4 weeks.

Participants will need 3–5 hours per week to review the material, contribute to discussions, and attend the interactive sessions. Support from U4 advisers and affiliated experts is available.


New dates in 2024 to be confirmed. You may register for the waiting list (non-binding) and we will notify you when dates are set.



(also available in 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. We do, however, also accept a limited number of applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations.

Apply by using the register button below. In the case of high demand, we will prioritise among guest applicants to achieve a diverse group of participants (job role/organisation, gender, location, etc).

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

In this course, you will be able to identify the main forms, challenges, consequences, and drivers of corruption in the natural resources sector but also examine cases of corruption in this sector, and determine measures that can be implemented to address these issues.

The course consists of five modules:

  • Introduction to corruption in the natural resources sector
  • Specialism 1: Corruption and extractive industries
  • Specialism 2: Corruption and forest
  • Specialism 3: Corruption and wildlife
  • Corruption, gender, and natural resources

Interactive sessions

Three interactive sessions are scheduled as part of the course:

  • Interactive session 1: Wednesday 4 October at 14h00 CET
    Welcome to all .
  • Interactive session 2: Thursday 12 October (time to be confirmed)
    Financial investigation associated with wildlife trafficking and group work on a case study.
  • Interactive session 3: Thursday 26 October at 14h00 CET
    Corruption risks in extractive industries and group work on a case study.

Attendance is mandatory. In case of absence, participants will submit a short-written assignment.


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 course@u4.

Download course leaflet (PDF).

Register your interest for this course


Sophie Lemaître
Sophie Lemaître
Independent consultant


Rachael Tufft
Rachael Tufft
Senior Learning Technology Adviser