Oxford professor & Critical Resource senior advisory panel member argues firms can be ‘strategic in influencing how host governments evolve’
Paul Collier, a member of our LicenseSecure™ senior advisory panel, is professor of economics and director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on African and resource-rich economies, and was formerly Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank. He is author of the bestselling book ‘The Bottom Billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it’ (Oxford University Press, 2007) and recently published ‘Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in dangerous places’ (The Bodley Head, 2009).
Here he discusses how extractive sector companies can help to shape the operating environment in low-income resource-rich countries, and his own efforts through the Natural Resource Charter to help local civil society hold their governments to account on the management of resource revenues.