Perceptions of Justice and Violent Mobilization: Explaining Petroleum Related Riots in Southern Tanzania

PRIO Policy Brief

Must, Elise​ & Siri Aas Rustad (2016) Perceptions of Justice and Violent Mobilization: Explaining Petroleum Related Riots in Southern Tanzania, Conflict Trends, 6. Oslo: PRIO.

​​Tanzania has remained remarkably peaceful despite being characterized as a high conflict risk country.  Recent natural gas discoveries led to waves of protests and riots and loss of civilian lives in a region never before marked by any political unrest. The mobilization was fuelled by local perceptions of injustice and unfair treatment,​ which in turn was linked to years of neglect, a strong local identity, and broken expectations about the benefits arising from resource extraction. The case is relevant to other emerging petroleum producing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.​

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Elise​ Must

Elise​ Must

Visiting Researcher

Siri Aas Rustad

Siri Aas Rustad

Senior Researcher

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