Offshore oil and rig platform. Photo: © curraheeshutter / Shutterstock. Countries with large nonrenewable resources can benefit significantly from them, but reliance on revenues from these…

Rolando Ossowski, Håvard Halland |

Building drones for rainforest monitoring in Puerto Luz, Amarakaeri Communal territory, Peru. Photo: Augusto Escribens, Hivos Walk into your local Apple Store, and you can leave with a Parrot. A…

Michael Jarvis, Kai Kaiser |

Source: Bertelsmann Stiftung Sustainable development was once thought of as primarily a concern for the poorer, so-called “developing” countries. Today, with industrial civilization spreading…

Craig James Willy |

Photo Credit: Cor Laffra Let’s assume you are a Finance Minister or ministry official of a country that has newly discovered oil or minerals. What actions lay ahead? Or, if oil and mineral…

Håvard Halland, Sridar Padmanabhan Kannan |

Resource rich developing countries face challenges in ensuring that revenues from Extractive Industries (EI) are used to foster economic development, reduce poverty and promote shared prosperity…

Hassane Cisse |

Oil pumps, in southern Russia. Photo: Gennadiy Kolodkin / World Bank As the Financial Times pointed out recently, oil companies such as Exxon Mobil and Shell would, under measures considered for…

Håvard Halland, Alan Gelb, Silvana Tordo |

  As newly resource-rich countries grapple with how to manage their resources well, questions arise on how governments can channel natural resource revenues into smart investments, as well as…

Shilpa Banerji |

Source: Getty Images/Sam Edwards.   In Africa, estimates indicate that an annual investment of $93 billion is required to address the continent’s basic infrastructure needs – more than double the…

Håvard Halland, John J. Beardsworth, Bryan C. Land, James A. Schmidt |

When I first went to Nigeria, I had a picture in my mind of an oil country with a struggling non-oil economy. This picture came from two statistics I knew: 95 percent of Nigeria’s exports are oil…

Onno Ruhl |