TNRC Associate Awards

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Targeting Natural Resource Corruption

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Associate Awards


In April 2020, USAID/Colombia awarded a cooperative agreement to WWFUS for a political economy analysis in Colombia to investigate political, structural, and institutional factors that create opportunities for or vulnerabilities to corruption that contributes to deforestation. WWF Colombia is partnering with Transparency International to deliver the analysis, which also provides an opportunity for robust learning related to the knowledge, skills, and partnerships that NRM practitioners should be aware of before embarking on a political economy analysis.


Following a series of co-design workshops with USAID, WWFUS received an AA for a four-year project to Strengthen Natural Resource Governance in Ecuador. The project has a phased approach that will first identify the linkages among conservation crime, corruption, deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss. A second phase will involve a participatory process to identify and implement interventions to reduce corruption and improve governance. A key feature of the approach will be to design research and activities to be highly context-specific, addressing the unique challenges of two fragile and vital landscapes – the Amazon and the Coastal/Galapagos regions of Ecuador.


After a series of co-design workshops with USAID in September, WWFUS was awarded an AA for a three-year “Mekong of the Future” project. The project will work across Myanmar, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Cambodia to improve natural resource governance in the Greater Mekong. Strengthening civil society's ability to engage in natural resource governance and improving their access to and understanding of environmental data from public and private actors will be key approaches.


In June 2021, USAID awarded a cooperative agreement to WWFUS for a three-year program in Madagascar that focuses on anti-corruption and combating wildlife trafficking. WWF Madagascar will lead a consortium of TRAFFIC and Transparency International-Madagascar, and also expects to collaborate with the Government and local organizations to implement activities related to judiciary effectiveness and law enforcement capacity improvement, building on existing work.

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