Policy briefings on water, forests and strategic minerals

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Competition over scarce or valuable natural resources plays a key factor in triggering crisis and conflicts in developing countries. In addition to being a source of conflict, natural resources can also serve as a means which actors can come together and cooperate. Against this background, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has commissioned a series of briefing papers on natural resources, conflict and cooperation in the area or water, forests and strategic minerals. These policy briefings assist senior officers in the USAID headquarters and experts in USAID field missions around the world to recognize the potential conflict dimension in natural resource programmes and projects.

Publications of this project

  • Forest & Conflict – A Toolkit for Intervention

    United States Agency for International Development 2005: Forest & Conflict. A Toolkit for Intervention. Washington D.C: USAID.
  • Minerals and Conflict – A Toolkit for Intervention

    United States Agency for International Development 2004: Minerals and Conflict. A Toolkit for Intervention. Washington D.C: USAID.
  • Water and conflict – Policy Briefing for USAID

    Kramer, Annika 2004: Water and conflict. Policy Briefing for USAID. Berlin/Bogor/Washington DC: adelphi/Center for International Forestry Research/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.