Workshop 3.4

Workshop 3.4 Beating the ‘Resource Curse', Where Next for Development Cooperation?   

Stream 2 Natural Resources & Energy

Coordinator: Aled Williams, Project Coordinator, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center, Chr. Michelsen Institute
Date: Friday 14:00 to 16:00
Location: Nikos Skalkotas Hall

That natural resources corrupt is well-documented. But the natural ‘resource curse' is not deterministic, and there are ways of influencing the impact of these resources on development. Ensuring that development cooperation actually helps beat the curse, however, requires that we know more about the specific circumstances in which natural resources contribute to corruption. Donors and other development actors must avoid intensifying corrupt practices in resource rich contexts. And development policy and programmes must reflect latest knowledge on what works to cut corruption risks in specific sectors.

As part of Stream 2 on Corruption in Natural Resource and Energy Sectors, this workshop looks at the causes and explanations of corruption in fisheries, forestry and oil. Via an expert panel, it will explore the latest strategies available to policy makers to help beat the curse in developing countries rich in natural resources. It will also look at what is not being done to challenge corruption in specific natural resource sectors, and at potentially misguided strategies involving actors in development cooperation. It will focus, in particular, on recent transparency initiatives related to specific natural resource sectors, and will ask to what extent they offer solutions to the ‘resource curse'.

Moderator: Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute
Rapporteur: Hannes Hechler, Project Coordinator, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center, Chr. Michelsen Institute

André Standing, Senior Researcher, Corruption and Governance Programme, Institute for Security Studies Cape Town

Dr Bambang Setiono, Research Fellow, Center for International Forestry Research

Farouk Al-Kasim, President of Petroteam A.S.