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Title: Governance, poverty and natural resources management : a case study of the Niger Delta
Author: Bakare, Ibrahim Adeolu Owolabi
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2012
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This study employs ethnographic research to investigate the extent to which local governance affects both poverty and natural resources management in the Delta region. The research develops a framework for governance of natural resources to understand the daily practices of different actors within the local context using informal observation and interviews. In applying the framework, the study places emphasis on resources for governance, actors' agency, arrangements of access to resources and governance outcomes in the Delta region. Evidence from the study shows that while the state and corporate actors only contextualise resources in terms of economic value, local actors interprete resources beyond economic value to incorporate symbolic and socio-culturally constructed values linked with historic values. The study also identified relational, routine practices and structural factors which differently shape actors' agency for resources management. The context which shapes different arrangements of access to local resources by actors varies. These arrangements are subject to negotiation, power differences and socio-cultural factors. The findings related to governance outcomes reveal both positive (favourable) and negative (unfavourable) outcomes for the livelihood of different actors. The study concludes by exploring implications for local governance in order to address poverty and enhance optimal resource management in the Delta region.
Supervisor: Franks, Tom R.; Morvaridi, Behrooz Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Access ; Agency ; Conflict ; Institutions ; Livelihood ; Paraticipation ; Power ; Resources ; Natural resources management ; Niger Delta ; Socio-cultural values ; Economic values