Laguerre Djerandi, Chad-World Bank’s approach of establishing a legal framework guiding the management of oil revenues: A model of governance confronted to national practice

 Laguerre Djerandi's PhD research project is entitled ‘Chad-World Bank’s Approach of Establishing a Legal Framework Guiding the Management of Oil Revenues: A Model of Governance Confronted to National Practice’. Chad wants to learn from the experiences of negative risks related to the flow of oil revenues from other African countries in order to avoid making the same mistakes. In some of these countries oil has tended to impoverish the population while in others it has not had the least effect on external debts and has barely improved any of the social indicators. And in yet other countries, oil revenues have generated civil wars. This oil curse has many common denominators: the lack of will to share oil revenues, the absence of transparency, bad governance and an absence of democratic institutions. Prior to the involvement of the World Bank, the Chadian government passed a law to introduce some of the World Bank’s conditionalities, in particular a system to manage oil revenues. The law has been considered as a good model but, in addition to the shortcomings of the model itself and the particular context of the country, its implementation since 2003 (when oil revenues started flowing) has shown its weaknesses and it has been considered a failure with the withdrawal of the World Bank from the project due to conflicts with Chadian officials. This research is looking for the reasons why the model has failed.
This project is part of a German programme entitled ‘Traveling Models in Conflict Management’ that is financed by the Volkswagen Foundation via the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. Laguerre's supervisors are Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn, Prof. Han van Dijk and Dr Andrea Behrends.

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Dr. Andrea Behrends ( Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
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