OPM study: Blessing or curse? The rise of mineral dependence among low- and middle-income countries

Published Date: 
December, 2011
Publisher: 
Oxford Policy Management

Many low- and middle-income countries have become dangerously dependent on exports of minerals according to this OPM study. 

The study, believed to be the first of its kind, charts the evolution of mineral dependence among low- and middle-income countries from 1996 to 2010 and assesses their relative vulnerability to the so-called 'resource curse', characterised by weak economic and institutional development. Mineral-dependent countries are defined as countries that depend on minerals for at least 25% of their tangible exports.

Key findings from the study include:

Validation Report for Norway

Published Date: 
September, 2010
Publisher: 
Oxford Policy Management

This is the report of the 2010 Validation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Norway. The report represents the first EITI validation exercise in Norway and the first validation to be undertaken in Europe. A consortium led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in association with Advokatfirmaet G-Partner AS (G-Partner), conducted the validation.Norway was designated as EITI Compliant on 01 March 2011

Validation Report for Liberia

Published Date: 
July, 2009
Publisher: 
Oxford Policy Management

This is the report of the 2009 Validation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Liberia. The validation represents the second EITI validation exercise undertaken, and the first EITI validation exercise in Africa. A consortium led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in association with the Emerging Markets Group (EMG) and the UK National Audit Office (NAO), conducted the validation.

Liberia was designated as EITI Compliant on 15 October 2009

Validation Report for Liberia

Published Date: 
July, 2009
Publisher: 
Oxford Policy Management

The final EITI Validation Report for Liberia was published August 2009. The report presents the results of the 2009 Validation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the Republic of Liberia (LEITI). The validation represents the second EITI Validation exercise undertaken, and the first EITI validation exercise in Africa. A consortium led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in association with the Emerging Markets Group (EMG) and the UK National Audit Office (NAO), conducted the validation.