Can public servants help prevent the resource curse in African countries?

The Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme published our blog post on public servants and the resource curse in Africa. The post discusses the response of public servants to the discovery of new oil and gas resources in countries such as Uganda and Ghana. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 public servants, it finds for the case of Uganda that public servants are likely to oppose the use of revenues from new oil and gas resources if they feel secure in their job, are politically aligned with the opposition and are outside the ruling party’s patronage network. 

The post follows up the article ‘Oiling the bureaucracy? Political spending, bureaucrats and the resource curse’ that Adam Harris, Rachel Sigman, Kim Sass Mikkelsen, Christian Schuster and I published in World Development in 2020.