The Natural Resource Curse
Most CIVIL WARS are in oil or mineral rich states.
So are most AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES.
And most of the most CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS.
Most of the world’s REFUGEES come from them.
And most of the world’s EXTREME POVERTY will soon be in oil and mineral rich states.
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.
It is a fundamental human right, declared in both of the main human rights treaties, that the natural resources of every country belongs to its people. Resource-rich countries where this human right is violated are prone to major political and economic problems, from war and oppression to corruption and poverty. Resource-rich countries where this human right is respected score higher on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).
Organisations and individuals who are committed to human rights, sustainable development, transparency, accountability and peace can support them all by joining us, as we change laws and policies to fight the natural resource curse.
The natural resource curse is a deep source of many of today's problems. Lifting the curse will solve many of the problems of tomorrow.
Change our Rules.
Change the World.