THE NATURAL RESOURCE CURSE


Most civil wars are in oil- or mineral- rich countries.


So are most authoritarian regimes.


And most of the most corrupt governments.


Most of the world’s refugees come from these countries.


And most of the world’s extreme poverty will soon be in oil- and mineral-rich countries. 

 

WHY?

 
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Our Own Rules Make Us Fund the Curse


Our own laws and policies make it legal to buy the natural resources of other countries from corrupt elites and armed groups. Those elites and armed groups spend our money on themselves--and on oppression and violence.


Clean Trade works to change those rules. By respecting the human right of all peoples to their resources, we can make our daily shopping and our investments fund peace, good governance, and sustainable growth.
 

 
 
 
 
 

Change our rules.  Change our world.

 
 
 
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