The North-South Institute


Governance of Natural Resources

Conflict and the Governance of Natural Resources in Africa

This project involves field research to examine the linkages between natural resource governance—particularly private sector involvement—and political stability/conflict in various African countries. Cases offer variation across the levels of political stability and violence, types of natural resources, and roles played by private sector actors, foreign and domestic governments, and communities. By comparing the role of private sector actors in different sectors—diamonds, gold, and oil in particular—the research is able to isolate key variables and contribute to a broader framework for conceptualizing natural resource governance and violent conflict in Africa.


Report: Doing Business in Fragile States: The Private Sector, Natural Resources and Conflict, by Hany Besada (NSI), May 2013.


For more information, please contact:

Hany Besada
Senior Researcher