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… some $20 billion leaves Africa annually through the illicit export of money extorted from development loan contracts. This outflow is not just abstract numbers: it translates to the concrete reality of kids who cannot be put in schools, who will never learn to read, because there are no classrooms; mothers who die in childbirth because the money for maternity care never made it to the hospitals; tens of thousands who die because there are no drugs or vaccines in hospitals; no roads to move produce from farms to markets or enable a thriving economy; no jobs for young school graduates or even ordinary workers; and no security for anyone because the money has been stolen and shipped out.
Nuhu is now also in our house: We are honored to have Nuhu as a visiting fellow here at CGD. He will be spending the reminder of this year drawing lessons from his experience for other countries and for agencies like the World Bank. His work will build on our past research on corruption, including Ted Moran’s Combating Corrupt Payments.
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Oil and gas discoveries in developing countries are often associated with short-sighted economic policies and, in response, calls to insulate resource management from populist impulses. We report on a randomized experiment testing methods to overcome this apparent tension between sound resource governance and democratic politics. Soon after Tanzania’s discovery of major natural gas reserves, we invited a nationally representative sample of voters to an intensive public deliberation of policy options featuring nationally recognized experts and small-group discussions.