Resource Curse

Task Force Chairs

  • Macartan Humphreys
    Assistant Professor
    Political Science
    Columbia University
  • Jeffrey Sachs
    Director, Earth Institute
    Columbia University
  • Joseph Stiglitz
    Co-President
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue

The discovery of oil or other valuable resources has been associated with devastating political conflict and economic setbacks, particularly in the poorest countries where pre-existing institutions for transparency and accountability are often the weakest. Only a few countries have managed resource revenues in a way that promotes sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation. IPD’s Resource Curse Task Force aims to create guidance for policymakers, policy analysts and activists concerned with the management of extractive industries in developing countries.

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