Many poor countries face a resource curse: They should be rich, but because they rely heavily on resources like oil and gold, they suffer from poverty, corruption, social unrest, and human rights violations. Too often, local communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive few benefits from these projects.
Making it right
Oxfam seeks to ensure that communities have a right to say if, and therefore how, oil, gas, and mining projects are carried out. These projects should not add to poverty and powerlessness; they should help communities overcome these challenges as part of an environmentally and socially responsible form of development.