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Africa's New Oil Producers Get Tips on Avoiding Curse (Voice of America)

August 24, 2011

Alan Gelb's paper on Oil to Cash in Uganda was featured in a VOA article.

From the Article

While more and more countries join the African club of oil-producing nations, U.S.-based researchers are trying to help them avoid what they call the oil curse. The saying refers to countries suffering from increased violence, poverty, authoritarianism, pollution and corruption along with their oil riches.

A recent paper by the Washington-based Center for Global Development is called "Oil for Uganda or Ugandans?" The subtitle is "Can Cash Transfers Prevent the Resource Curse?"

The idea that is being proposed is for Uganda's government to distribute future oil revenue through direct cash transfers to Ugandans, money which would then be taxed.

Read it here.