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Resource Curse

Could Oil and Gas Inspire Change in Lebanon?

Georges Pierre Sassine | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Georges Pierre Sassine

Today, a group of Lebanese from across the world launched an initiative focused on supporting a vital sector for the future of Lebanon that we hear relatively little about: Lebanon's potential oil and gas industry.

Pop-up Politics: East Timor's Struggle for Stability and security

Kyle Knight | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Timor-Leste's current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country's first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.

Why the World Bank Continues to Fund Environmental Destruction

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Peter Bosshard

If the Chad-Cameroon pipeline is a prism, what is wrong with the World Bank's approach? A new book by Bruce Rich, a veteran Bank observer and critic, provides a compelling answer.

Ghanaians Gain Ground on Accountability for Oil Wealth

Barbara Borst | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Barbara Borst

Sudden oil wealth sounds like a winning lottery ticket, but for many countries, it's a disaster. Too often, a gusher breeds corruption, economic dislocation and conflict.

Mozambique Will Be Rich! Or Will It?

Bettina Strickler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Bettina Strickler

Once natural resources are found, the road to prosperity is technically a straight on, if it wasn't for the large potholes on the way that have the power to capsize the whole nation.

Chut Wutty and the Heroic Fight Against "The Resource Curse"

Edward Zwick | Posted 07.15.2012 | Green
Edward Zwick

The battle the Kuy and Chut Wutty are fighting against the march of logging, plantations and mining companies into the forest of Cambodia holds an uncanny resemblance to the plot of Avatar. Except this is real-life. And the bullets are real.

The Sad Truth About the Fight Against Blood Diamonds

Edward Zwick | Posted 02.03.2012 | World
Edward Zwick

The Kimberley Process's refusal to address the clear links between diamonds, violence and tyranny has rendered it hopelessly ineffectual. In effect, it has become an accomplice to diamond laundering.

Nigeria, SWFs, and the Resource Curse? Two New Papers

Todd Moss | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Todd Moss

Nigeria, perhaps the world's poster child for the oil curse, is the latest country to deploy a sovereign wealth fund as a tool to try to better manage national income.

Soros: Sharing Oil Wealth Could Quell Revolutions

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

To quell unrest, billionaire investor George Soros says oil-producing countries should share the wealth. "What has caused the revolutions," Soros tol...

Can New SEC Disclosure Rules Bring Transparency to Uganda's Oil Sector?

Janet Ranganathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janet Ranganathan

Nestled near the end of the Wall Street Reform Act is two and half pages of text that aim to bring much needed transparency to the oil industry. What impact will this law have? Uganda could provide a first test case.

Economist Jeffrey Sachs makes the case for contract transparency at Annual Meetings of World Bank/IMF

Chad Dobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chad Dobson

Co-authored by Rebecca Harris On Wednesday, October 6, the opening of the Civil Society Policy Forum of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, economist...

Sustainable Corruption: Proving Biggie Smalls Wrong

Rosalia Gitau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rosalia Gitau

The world breathed a collective sigh of exasperation last week as it was discovered that Zimbabwe hosts a sizable diamond depository. I have two problems with this resource curse narrative.

Fresh Talking Point: Poor Afghanistan, They're Rich!

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

The Afghan minerals report isn't some everyday propaganda trying pitifully to sell a trillion dollar debt-war to a nation of unemployed. This is a very specific talking point explicitly targeting the foreign policy community

Moving Forward?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The oil spill highlights the inadequacies of our present system. We need a system where large, systemically relevant firms pay into a transparently managed national clean up and environmental restitution fund.

Breaking the Resource Curse: Concession Negotiation in Liberia

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

Sub-Saharan Africa possesses some of the highest concentrations of natural resources. Yet, for all the mining and extraction, relatively precious few of the benefits trickle down to its citizens.