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Righting resources-curse wrongs in Uganda: the case of oil discovery and the management of popular expectations

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dc.contributor.author Kiiza, Julius
dc.contributor.author Bategeka, Lawrence
dc.contributor.author Ssewanyana, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2002-02-14T20:25:02Z
dc.date.available 2002-02-14T20:25:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10570/2012
dc.description.abstract Following Uganda’s discovery of oil deposits in 2006, the country’s development prospects look higher than ever before. Different stakeholders (discussed in the paper) have high development expectations. However, development experiences from oil-rich countries in Africa raise concerns that Uganda could suffer oil curse - a situation in which extraction of oil increases poverty and misery to majority of the people instead of leading to improvement in livelihoods for all. The paper discusses management of popular expectations in Uganda that are associated with discovery of oil, with a view to assisting the country to avoid the dreaded oil curse. The oil curse is not because of the oil but due to economic and political mismanagement. Oil abundance typically generates valuable rents that tend to trigger violent forms of rent-seeking or “greed-based” insurgencies. Lack of transparency and accountability in Uganda’s oil sector are early signs of an oil curse. Uganda can avoid the oil curse by managing popular expectations better and by ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of the oil sector. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Economic Policy Research Centre en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Reseach Series;78
dc.subject Oil-curse en_US
dc.subject EPRC en_US
dc.subject Management of popular expectations en_US
dc.subject Transparency en_US
dc.subject Accountability en_US
dc.subject Uganda en_US
dc.subject Oil exploration en_US
dc.title Righting resources-curse wrongs in Uganda: the case of oil discovery and the management of popular expectations en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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