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Guesnet, L., Müller-Koné, M., & Schure, J. (2009, November). Natural resources in Côte d’Ivoire: Fostering crisis or peace? The cocoa, diamond, gold and oil sectors (Brief series No. 40). Bonn: BICC.

The trade and exploitation of natural resources such as cocoa, gold, petroleum and diamonds contributed to the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire and still obstruct the peace process in the country. This is one of the conclusions of BICC brief 40, entitled: “Natural Resources in Côte d’Ivoire: Fostering... more

Guesnet, L., Schure, J., & Paes, W.-C. (Eds.). (2009, March). Digging for peace: Private companies and emerging economies in zones of conflict (Brief series No. 38). Bonn: BICC.

BICC brief 38 documents the international conference “Digging for Peace: Private Companies and Emerging Economies in Zones of Conflict” which took place from 21 to 22 November 2008 in Bonn. About 120 participants, amongst them representatives of research institutes, private companies, civil society... more

Franke, V., Hampel-Milagrosa, A., & Schure, J. (2007, November). In control of natural wealth? Governing the resource-conflict dynamic (Paper). Bonn: BICC.

For many developing countries, the extraction of natural resources has been a blessing, as their export can provide urgently needed development capital. For others, however, resource wealth has been a curse, as their population still faces extreme poverty and they have been haunted by corruption,... more

Schure, J., & Kantel, V. (2007, May). Governing the gift of nature resource conflict monitor: The links between governance, conflict and natural resources (Paper). Bonn: BICC.

The cocoa trade from Côte d’Ivoire, the country’s main commodity has played a major role in the four-and-a-half-years of armed conflict. Over US $118 million revenues from the cocoa trade flowed into the conflict by funding both the government and the rebel group ‘Forces Nouvelles (FN)’ in the... more