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Mission improbable: Does petroleum-related aid address the resource curse?

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  • Kolstad, Ivar
  • Wiig, Arne
  • Williams, Aled

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Petroleum-related aid programmes and projects are a key part of donor activities in oil-rich developing countries. This paper critically assesses petroleum-related aid activities, using the Norwegian Oil for Development programme as a main case. Recent research suggests that institutions, or governance, are essential in averting a resource curse. While governance issues are beginning to receive more attention in these types of programmes, they still form a minor part of programme activities. The narrow sector focus that characterizes petroleum-related aid makes it unlikely that it will produce the higher order institutional changes needed to lift the resource curse. Petroleum-related aid activities address the issue of corruption only to a limited extent. Given the commercial and political interests of donor countries, questions about the integrity and credibility of these types of programmes can be raised.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

Volume (Year): 37 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 954-965

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Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:37:y:2009:i:3:p:954-965

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Keywords: Natural resources Institutions Petroleum-related aid;

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  1. Kolstad, Ivar & Søreide, Tina, 2009. "Corruption in natural resource management: Implications for policy makers," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 214-226, December.
  2. Fontaine, Guillaume, 2011. "The effects of governance modes on the energy matrix of Andean countries," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 2888-2898, May.

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