World Bank research suggests that developing countries face substantially higher risks of violent conflict if they are highly dependent on high-value natural resources. According to UNEP, "countries whose economies are dependent on the export of a narrow set of primary commodities are more likely to be politically fragile". These nations, not only have economies that fluctuate with commodity prices on international markets, but also find it more difficult to add value or generate widespread employment from such exports. Moreover, "governments whose revenues are generated from the export of commodities rather than from taxation tend to be alienated from the needs of their constituents".
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