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Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions [Paperback]

Ian Bannon , Paul Collier
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August 27, 2003 0821355031 978-0821355039
Violent conflict can spell catastrophe for developing countries and their neighbors, stunting and even reversing the course of economic growth. Recent World Bank research on the causes of conflict and civil war finds that the countries most likely to be blighted by conflict are those whose economies depend heavily on natural resources. 'Natural Resources and Violent Conflict' first explains the links between resource dependence conflict and then considers what can be done to help reduce the risk of civil war in these nations. In this collection of previously unpublished essays by experts in the field, contributors consider the risks of corruption, secessionist movements, and rebel financing. They also consider the roles played by government, the development community, and the country's population and propose an agenda for global action. Focusing on what we can do collectively to diminish the likelihood of civil war, contributors to this volume suggest practical approaches and policies that could be adopted by the international community - from financial and resource reporting procedures to commodity tracking systems and enforcement techniques, including sanctions, certification requirements, and aid conditionality. A fascinating look at the results of important new World Bank research, this book represents an important addition to the dialogue on development.

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About the Author

Ian Bannon is manager of the Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction Unit, in the Social Development Department of the World Bank.

Paul Collier was director of the World Bank's Development Research Group until March 2003. He is currently director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, and senior adviser to the Vice President of the Africa Region in the World Bank.

Other contributors include:
John Bray, Control Risks Group
Corene Crossin, Global Witness
Patrick Guillaumont, CERDI
Sylviane Guillaumont Jeanneney, CERDI
Gavin Hayman, Global Witness
Philippe Le Billon, Liu Institute, University of British Columbia
Leiv Lunde, ECON Centre for Economic Analysis
Mai Oldgard, ECON Centre for Economic Analysis
Michael Ross, UCLA
Trifin J. Roule, Journal of Money Laundering Control
Philip Swanson, ECON Centre for Economic Analysis
Simon Taylor, Global Witness
Jonathan M. Winer, Alston & Bird

Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications (August 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821355031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821355039
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book's essays study an often cruel paradox. Why do some developing countries with valuable natural resources descend into civil war? The answers are manifold, with the foremost amongst these being described here.

A prominent factor is that the resources give something to fight over. Be these diamonds, opium or oil. Mix this with the presence of different regional or ethnic groups. Then add a propensity for corruption in the central government, and have that government dominated by one group. Often, all this leads to the government's functionaries siphoning off much of the wealth derived from the resources. Leading perhaps to civil war.

The essays explore how these factors have played out in various countries; mostly in Africa. A depressing read. What is striking is how often the central government proves so reluctant to even spend some money for minimal development across all the country's regions. It's not so much that corruption exists, but the sheer level of corruption, that impoverishes the entire country.
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