From Resource Curse to Political Ecology
Edited by Aled Williams and Philippe Le Billon
Chapter 11: Rosewood democracy
Political transitions are often rife with corruption, and aid conditionality is occasionally deployed to stop corrupt logging practices amidst electoral processes. This powerful story of the resurgent trade in rosewood in northeastern Madagascar shows how a group of local timber traders leveraged illicit wealth to become elected members of Madagascar’s Fourth Republic. Their influence over national forest policies paved the way for continued rosewood exploitation despite the government repeatedly agreeing to a logging moratorium, notably in exchange for foreign aid. Keywords: Madagascar, rosewood trade, illegal logging, elections, corruption, aid conditionality
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