Online courses

Addressing corruption in the natural resources sector

4 weeks, expert-led course. Improve your understanding of 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 5 hours per week to go through the material and complete the assignment.


19 October – 13 November 2020



(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 applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations who collaborate with the U4 partner agencies. If this applies to you, please ensure that you get a nomination from your contact person in the U4 partner agency sent by e-mail to . Please include your name, position and organisation with a note on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

We regret that we cannot accommodate applicants who have no direct relevance to the U4 partners' work.

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 resource 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 5 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”.


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.

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We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

Senior Adviser and Online Course Coordinator