Thinking and working politically is often viewed as crucial for anti-corruption reform efforts in resource sectors. But what happens when it does not play a central role? Lessons from REDD+ implementation in Indonesia point to some actions for development practitioners. When working in a context of nationalist oligarchy it is vital to plan for reform backlash and governance deteriorations, and prioritise complementary democratic governance reforms.

David Aled Williams

Principal Adviser (U4) and Senior Researcher (CMI)