IDS Policy Briefing 95

Understanding Relationships between the Green Economy, Resource Financialization and Conflict

Published on 1 July 2015

A key aspect of the United Nations’ sustainable development approach centres on creating markets for financialized ‘natural capital’ products, particularly in resource-rich, lower-income countries. 

The appeal of this comes from a set of policy promises termed the ‘triple-win’: achieving environmental sustainability, socially inclusive economic growth and poverty alleviation. Yet, these policies are controversial for many reasons, including their potential to foster inequitable property regimes, leading to increased potential for conflict.

There is a need to understand the context and relationships among the green economy, resource financialization and emerging areas of conflict within the Southern African region. This will be pivotal in achieving sustainable policy reform and coordinated action.

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Huff, A. (2015) 'Understanding Relationships between the Green Economy, Resource Financialization and Conflict', IDS Policy Briefing 95, Brighton: IDS


Amber Huff

Resource Politics and Environmental Change Cluster Lead

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