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Sahlhoff, Michelle (2012) COMPONENTS OF SHORT-TERM SUCCESS IN PROJECTS TARGETING ILLEGAL LOGGING. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Illegal logging, perpetuated by corruption, is a serious problem in developing countries, specifically Brazil, Indonesia, and Uganda. Development projects focused on fighting illegal logging have not adequately been analyzed to assess the approaches taken in fighting corruption in addition to an academic literature review. Through a literature review and analysis of development problems, this research focused on the roles of the project donor, implementer, cost, duration, participants, levels of participation, mechanisms, and success. Next, a summary of observations for success from the projects were compiled to provide a thorough understanding of projects fighting illegal logging in the three focus countries. The results of the literature review produced causes and effects of illegal logging in states, as well as recommended methods for combatting and preventing illegal logging with a focus on the corruption that can drive illegal logging. The analysis of reviewed projects observed that none of the components identified appeared to be strongly necessary or unnecessary for a project to be successful or unsuccessful across countries, but some useful observations within countries were identified. The summary of reasons for the successfulness and unsuccessfulness of projects produced five themes: ineffective relocation, successful economic mechanisms, coordination, satellite technology, and appropriate community management. Building on this, a theoretical framework was created that prepared hypotheses focusing on state capacity, classification of corruption, and implementing partner, as well as focusing on coordination and close relationships with stakeholders while utilizing satellite imagery to function as a check to ensure integrity between all actors.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sahlhoff, Michellemis122@pitt.eduMIS122
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNelson, Paulpjnelson@pitt.eduPJNELSON
Committee MemberThemudo, Nunothemudo@pitt.eduTHEMUDO
Committee MemberMurtazashvili, Iliaimurtaz@pitt.eduIMURTAZ
Date: 27 June 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 16 April 2012
Approval Date: 27 June 2012
Submission Date: 4 May 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 58
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: MPIA - Master of Public and International Affairs
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: illegal logging, corruption, Brazil, Indonesia, Uganda
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 17:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:58


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