Caroline Laroche

Caroline holds an MPA in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, during which she specialised in the management and governance of aid. Prior to taking up her position at the IGC, Caroline did consulting work for the FAO, started and managed a small NGO in Ecuador and contributed to research projects with the International Development Research Centre in Canada, Innovations for Poverty Action in Mali and the Centre for Microfinance Research in India.

Her research interests are focused around governance and state capabilities, and particularly such topics as aid effectiveness, public sector reforms, natural resource revenue management and the application of behavioural economics findings to international development policy.

Content by Caroline Laroche
  • Publications Reader Item

    Harnessing natural resources for inclusive growth

    26 Sep 2016

  • Blog post

    Natural resources do not need to be a curse (Part 2 – Avoiding the resource curse)

    The resource curse is both real and harmful. With the wrong policies in place, natural resources have in many places turned into a curse instead of a blessing. In our previous blog post, we explained the origins of the resource curse and claimed that countries could avoid it by implementing the right policies. In this post, we present the very policies that governments need...

    8 Jun 2015 | Paul Collier, Caroline Laroche

  • Blog post

    Natural resources do not need to be a curse (Part 1 – Explaining the resource curse)

    Looking at the fate of several resource-rich sub-Saharan African nations, it’s easy to see that an abundance of natural resources can be a real curse, and many blame natural resources for the poor economic outcomes of many sub-Saharan African countries. We, on the other hand, think natural resources can and should act as the backbone of growth on the continent. Below, we...

    26 May 2015 | Paul Collier, Caroline Laroche

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Growth brief: Harnessing natural resources for inclusive growth

    Natural resources can support sustainable and inclusive growth in sub-Saharan Africa if key policy areas in the natural resource management chain are tackled and strong institutions are put in place. In this brief, we present a framework for natural resource management. This brief can be useful for policy-makers looking to strengthen and better diagnose the weaknesses in...

    24 Mar 2015 | Paul Collier, Caroline Laroche

  • Blog post

    If we want the full benefit from resources; this is what we need

    A previous blog post wrote about how natural resource revenues should be managed for Africa's future. In this post, we want to take a step back and address another aspect of the natural resource challenge in Africa: institution-building. The natural resource discovery currently taking place in Africa represents a formidable opportunity, albeit one that carries big risks....

    5 Mar 2014 | Paul Collier, Caroline Laroche