Africa's Resources: Oil, Diamonds and Death

Diamonds, oil and other natural resources fuel conflict – especially in Africa. So goes one view of the situation. But is the relationship more complex and can multinational companies help stop the killing?

The World Today Updated 23 October 2020 Published 1 March 2002 4 minute READ

In the last few years there has been a growing focus on the links between natural resources and conflict, especially in Africa. The United Nations has set up a panel of experts looking at the use of natural resources and conflict in the Congo; policy institutes including the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London, the International Peace Information Service in Antwerp and the International Peace Academy in New York have commissioned studies; and non-governmental organisations such as the UK’s Global Witness have campaigned on oil, diamonds and timber extraction. The World Bank’s Paul Collier has been a keen advocate of the idea of resources driving disputes.

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