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date: 17 July 2024

High-Value Natural Resources and Transparency: Accounting for Revenues and Governancelocked

High-Value Natural Resources and Transparency: Accounting for Revenues and Governancelocked

  • Levon Epremian, Levon EpremianDepartment of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Päivi LujalaPäivi LujalaGeography Research Unit, Universiy of Oulu
  •  and Carl BruchCarl BruchCo-Director of the International Programs, Environmental Law Institute


The increase in demand and prices of most high-value natural resources over the past five decades has resulted in massive income gains for resource-abundant countries. Paradoxically, many of these countries have suffered from slow economic growth, weak political institutions, and violent conflict. To combat corruption, increase accountability, and promote government effectiveness, the international community and advocacy groups have been promoting transparency as a remedy to the misappropriation and mismanagement of revenues. Consequently, advocates, officials, and diplomats increasingly focus on transparency as the means to better manage revenues from high-value natural resources in developing countries.

The linkages between transparency, accountability, and management of revenues from high-value natural resources require careful examination. This article presents the issue of transparency and accountability in the context of natural resource revenue management, discusses how transparency is conceptualized and understood to function in this context, and assesses the existing evidence for the proposition that increased transparency leads to more accountability and improved natural resource governance. The article concludes with a discussion on the evaluation of transparency policy initiatives.


  • Contentious Politics and Political Violence
  • Governance/Political Change

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