Methodology

An Open-Source Methodology for Tracking Natural Resource Concessions in Liberia: Version 1.0

Date Published

Oct 1, 2016

Authors

Harsh Desai, Miranda Zhonghui Lv, Charles Perla, Brad Parks

Publisher

Citation

Desai, H., Lv, M.Z., Perla, C., & Parks, B. (2016). An Open-Source Methodology for Tracking Natural Resource Concessions in Liberia: Verison 1.0. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.

Methodology

An Open-Source Methodology for Tracking Natural Resource Concessions in Liberia: Version 1.0

Date Published

Oct 1, 2016

Authors

Harsh Desai, Miranda Zhonghui Lv, Charles Perla, Brad Parks

Citation

Desai, H., Lv, M.Z., Perla, C., & Parks, B. (2016). An Open-Source Methodology for Tracking Natural Resource Concessions in Liberia: Verison 1.0. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.

In order to further research the conditions by which natural resource concessions contribute to Liberia’s economic growth, AidData has developed a geo-referenced database of more than 500 concession licenses in Liberia between 2004 (the end of the Liberian civil war) and 2015. Each license is geo-referenced as a polygon with more than 40 attributes, making this methodology's associated database (Liberia Concessions Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.0) a first-of-its-kind application of using open-source methods to comprehensively track, capture, and locate activities in the extractives sector. This methodology describes the data collection and geo-referencing process for this database in detail. For the associated AidData Working Paper, see Natural Resource Sector FDI and Growth in Post-Conflict Settings: Subnational Evidence from Liberia

For a full list of methodologies, see Research Methods.

Tags
Available on GeoQuery
TUFF
Geocoded
SDG Coded
Natural Resource Concessions
Survey Results
Metadata
Publication Date
Oct 2016
Starting Year:
2004
Ending Year:
2015
Number of Entries:
557
File Size:

This first-of-its-kind geocoded dataset contains all known natural resource concessions granted to investors in Liberia from 2004 to 2015, categorized on 43 different dimensions. The release contains 557 concession licenses sourced from both official systems and transparency initiatives in Liberia, along with additional information collected using AidData's TUFF open-source data collection methodology.