Poverty Reduction or Poverty Exacerbation?

World Bank Group Support for Extractive Industries in Africa

This report examines the World Bank Group’s support for extractive industries (oil, gas, and mining) in Africa over the last 20 years in light of the World Bank's self-proclaimed mission of poverty reduction. It describes the obstacles to using extractive industries as a vehicle for poverty alleviation and sustainable development, and poses a series of research questions related to the role of the World Bank Group in extractive industries.

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