Online courses

Addressing corruption in the natural resources sector

4-week, expert-led course. 13 September – 10 October 2021. Understand how corruption affects the natural resources sector and what can be done about it. Suitable for development practitioners, public officials, and civil society activists working on natural resources issues.


Facilitated, expert-led course.

Free of charge.


4 weeks.

Participants will need 3–5 hours per week to review the material, contribute to discussions, and complete a short assignment. Support from U4 advisers and affiliated experts is available.


13 September – 10 October 2021



(also available in French)

Who can apply

The course is intended for practitioners involved in programmes related to natural resources and/or anti-corruption.

U4 online courses are primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests. Partner staff can sign up directly, see below.

We also accept a limited number of applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations. If this applies to you, please apply by sending an e-mail to Include your name, position and organisation, and 100-200 words on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

Course prerequisites

The course is designed not only for participants that have a good understanding of corruption and natural resources but also for those that have no prior experience and seek to strengthen their knowledge.

However, in order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course. Essentials of Anti-Corruption II: Development Programming is also recommended, but not required.

What you'll learn

In this course, you will be able to identify the main forms, challenges, consequences, and drivers of corruption in the natural resources sector but also examine cases of corruption in this sector, and determine measures that can be implemented to address these issues.

The course consists of five modules:

  • Introduction to corruption in the natural resources sector
  • Specialism 1: Corruption and extractive industries
  • Specialism 2: Corruption and forest
  • Specialism 3: Corruption and wildlife
  • Corruption, gender, and natural resources

Three webinars are also scheduled as part of the course:

  • Webinar 1 – Welcome to all
    Friday 17 September, 14.00–14.30 CET

  • Webinar 2 – Financial investigation associated with wildlife trafficking and group work on a case study
    Friday 24 September, 14.00–15.00 CET

  • Webinar 3 – Corruption risks in extractive industries and group work on a case study
    Friday 8 October, 09.00–10.00 CET


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the major ways in which corruption in the natural resources sector can arise.
  • Asses corruption risks, patterns, and mechanisms used.
  • Propose and prioritise a set of anti-corruption approaches and ways to integrate anti-corruption measures into natural resources sector programming.

Questions about the course? Contact our course coordinator, Vera Devine.

Download course leaflet (PDF).

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We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

Senior Adviser and Online Course Coordinator