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2016 Natural Resource Governance Training Courses

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  • 1 January 2016

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and its partners are pleased to announce course offerings for 2016. With generous donor support, NRGI offers a number of scholarships available to eligible participants from select countries.

NRGI and its partners deliver courses for civil society advocates, government officials, journalists, parliamentarians and other actors working to improve the management of oil, gas and minerals. We offer global and regional courses, both in-person and online. Our approach focuses on learning through participants' own experiences, and uses sustained debates and policy labs to allow participants to apply new knowledge to their professional roles. Courses encourage participants to examine and debate the pros and cons of policy decisions from various angles.

This page will be regularly updated as new information about courses becomes available. Announcements on course will also be made via NRGI's Facebook and Twitter feeds.


Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance (facilitated MOOC)

Course starts in September 2016.
Delivered in English.

Twice a year, NRGI, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the World Bank and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) will offer Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance. This massive open online course (MOOC) is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed learners. It stretches over 12 weeks and covers a range of topics including the challenges and opportunities that come with extractive industries, key political economy considerations, legal frameworks, tax policy, environmental issues, community rights, artisanal mining, economic linkages to the wider economy, and the management and investment of revenues for sustainable development. Each week, students will have access to around 1 hour of recorded video lectures, led by a diverse faculty of world class experts and practitioners, including Prof. Sir Paul Collier and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. In addition to key background readings for review and engagement in online forums and quizzes to consolidate learning, students will have the opportunity to ask questions to experts in weekly live Q&A sessions. The course is particularly suitable for those who seek to build a solid comprehensive understanding of the field. Access to the course requires a reliable internet connection to be able to view the videos. The first facilitated edition of the MOOC launched in February 2016, with registration opening in early January 2016. A second edition launches in September 2016. The course will then repeat annually at approximately the same dates.

To register for the course starting in September 2016, please click here (you will be redirected to the SDSN Education Platform).


Online Interactive Course (self-paced)

From September 2016
In English.

Starting in 2016, web users will be able to explore natural resource governance in Petronia through NRGI's new interactive web platform. Petronia is a simulated learning experience exploring the policy challenges of a fictional developing country at the outset of oil production. Online learners join a team of experts deployed to advise Petronia's policymakers in a series of complex resource governance scenarios based on models and case studies developed by NRGI experts. Learners interact with their team and Petronian clients, choose their own interests, set their own learning pace, and along the way build their knowledge of the issues, stakeholders and complex tradeoffs in managing resource wealth for development. This course combines the best of NRGI's learning tools including animations, graphics, case study approaches, problem solving and data analysis while providing greater accessibility to a general audience. The full learning experience takes around 90 minutes and is suitable for users that may not be ready yet to make the more significant investment of time that the MOOC or in-person courses on offer may require.

The platform will be available on NRGI's website from September 2016. To be notified of the platform launch, please register your interest here.



Reversing the Resource Curse: Theory and Practice

17-29 April 2016
Budapest, Hungary
Delivered in English.
Application deadline has passed.

This advanced course offered in partnership with the School of Public Policy at the Central European University is open to exceptional individuals from government, civil society, parliaments, media, international development agencies, industry associations and academia who already have a solid understanding of natural resource governance but seek to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to play a more effective role in developing, monitoring and evaluating the mineral and petroleum sectors in their countries and across the globe.

A limited number of scholarships comprising travel, accommodation and tuition are available on a competitive basis for leaders from government, civil society, parliaments, and media from the following countries: Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda. Individuals from other countries and sectors are welcome to apply for the course but will not be considered for scholarships. Donor and partner organizations may wish to provide additional scholarships. The cost of tuition is EUR 2,800. This does not include travel, accommodation and dinners.

Visit NRGI's course page to find contact details for inquiries and additional information on course content, faculty, and requirements.

Executive Course in Oil, Gas and Mining Governance

12-16 September 2016
Oxford, UK
Delivered in English.

Applications accepted from April 2016.

NRGI and the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government offer an annual high-level executive course on natural resource management for the most senior policymakers in government (e.g., ministers, deputy ministers, heads of agencies, departments and state-owned enterprises, as well as high-ranking members of parliament) and leaders in the private sector and in the donor community. This intensive five-day course provides the training and insight policy leaders in the public and private sector need to work towards better management and governance of oil, gas or mineral resources. The course builds a better understanding of the interests of the public and private sectors and facilitates dialogue and mutual appreciation of respective positions between different groups.

More information on tuition and available funding will be available in April 2016. Visit NRGI's course page or BSG's course page to find contact details and more information about the course.



Anglophone Africa Knowledge Hub Course

August 2016
Accra, Ghana
Delivered in English.

NRGI runs a comprehensive, intermediate-level summer school for participants from Anglophone Africa. The two-week residential course covers fundamental governance issues in the decision chain of natural resource management. It also seeks to deepen participants' knowledge and analytical skills in areas of fiscal and revenue management policies, EITI reports, contracts and key legislation. The course is open to government officials, civil society actors, journalists, parliamentarians and private sector actors. Attendance costs approximately $2,500 inclusive of accommodation, food and tuition.

For more information, please contact Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko at [email protected].

Francophone Africa Knowledge Hub Course

August 2016
Yaounde, Cameroon
Delivered in French.

In partnership with the Centre d'Excellence pour la Gouvernance des Industries Extractives en Afrique Francophone (CEGIAF) at the Catholic University of Central Africa, NRGI delivers a two-week intermediate level summer school on extractive resources governance in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The course is open to civil society actors, journalists and parliaments. The 2016 edition of CEGIAF's summer school will run in August. Attendance costs approximately $2,700, inclusive of flights, accommodation, meals at venue and tuition. For more information, consult NRGI's course page or contact CEGIAF at [email protected].

École d'été du Centre d'Excellence pour la Gouvernance des Industries Extractives en Afrique Francophone

Août 2016
Yaoundé, Cameroun
Cours dispensé en français .

En partenariat avec le « Centre d'Excellence Pour La Gouvernance des Industries Extractives en Afrique Francophone » (CEGIAF), de l'Université Catholique d'Afrique Centrale, Yaoundé, Cameroun NRGI offre un cours d'été de niveau intermédiaire sur la gouvernance des ressources extractives, d'une durée de deux semaines à Yaoundé au Cameroun. Le cours est offert en français et ouvert à la société civile, aux journalistes et aux parlementaires. Les frais de cours, y compris le transport par vol, , l'hébergement, les repas et les frais de scolarité, sont d'environ US$2,700. Pour plus d'information, consultez la page dédiée à ce cours sur le site de NRGI (en anglais) ou contactez le CEGIAF ([email protected]).

Asia-Pacific Knowledge Hub Course

October 2016
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Delivered in English.

In partnership with the School of Politics and Government at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, NRGI runs a two-week intermediate-level course on improving the governance of extractive industries. The course is open to civil society organizations, policymakers, members of EITI multi-stakeholder groups, staff of state-owned enterprises, and professionals involved oil, gas and mining in the Asia-Pacific region. Attendance costs approximately $2,000, inclusive of accommodation, food and tuition. For more information, consult the course page or contact Dian Lestariningsih, Asia-Pacific hub manager at [email protected].

Eurasia Knowledge Hub Courses

Delivered in Russian.

In partnership with Khazar University, NRGI offers a comprehensive course on the extractive industries decision chain and thematic courses in issues relevant to the Eurasia region, such as on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), revenue management and economic diversification in period of low commodity prices. Courses are open to civil society actors, government officials, journalists and researchers.

Planned courses for 2016 are:

  • Decision chain course (eight days): Based on the Natural Resource Charter, this course helps participants understand the linkages between extractive sector transparency, accountability and management issues as an integrated system. Planned for March 2016.
  • Training of trainers: revenue management (three days): Planned for April 2016.
  • Certificate program on natural resource governance: this course, jointly delivered with Columbia University, will explore natural resource governance in depth and combine residential and distance learning over a period of four-to-six months. Planned start date: July/August 2016.
  • Revenue management course: Planned for November, 2016

Costs vary by course, with the core course on the Natural Resource Charter Decision Chain costing $1340, inclusive of tuition, food at venue and accommodation.

For more information about Eurasia hub courses, visit NRGI's course page or contact Prof. Ingilab Ahmadov, Eurasia knowledge hub director at [email protected].

Курсы Евразийского Центра Знаний

Проводятся на русском

В сотрудничестве с Университетом Хазар, NRGI предлагает всеобъемлющий курс по цепочке решений в добывающих отраслях и тематические курсы по важным вопросам для Евразии, такие как Ининциатива Прозрачности в Добывающих Отраслях (ИПДО), управление доходами и экономическая диверсификация в период понижения цен на нефть и газ. Курсы открыты для членов гражданского общества, госчиновников, журналистов и расследователей.

На 2016-й год планируются следующие курсы:

· Основной курс (восемь дней): Основываясь на Хартию Природных Ресурсов, этот курс по цепочке решений помогает его участникам понимать взаимосвязь между прозрачностью добывающего сектора, подотчетностью и вопросами управления как единой системой. Планируется в марте 2016-го года

· Тренинг для тренеров по теме «Управление доходами» (три дня) – Планируется в апреле 2016-го года.

· Сертификатная Программа по управлению природными ресурсами – этот курс предполагает углубленное рассмотрение вопросов по управлению природными ресурсами и будет преподаваться совместно с Колумбийским Университетом. Курс включает онлайн и резидентские фазы на период от 4 до 6 месяцев. Запланированная дата курса: Июль/август 2016-го года

· Курс по Управлению Доходами. Планируется на ноябрь 2016-го года

Стоимость курсов отличается, однако стоимость основного курса по цепочке решений Хартии Природных Ресурсов составляет $1340, включая оплату за обучение, расходы на проживание и питание.

Для дополнительной информации о курсах Евразийского Центра, посетите страницу NRGI по курсам или свяжитесь с профессором Ингилабом Ахмедовым, директором Евразийского Центра по адресу [email protected] .

Middle East and North Africa Knowledge Hub Course

September 2016
Delivered in Arabic.

NRGI and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies deliver an annual beginner-level comprehensive course on the governance of the oil and gas sectors. For more information, visit the course page or address your questions to [email protected] .

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[email protected]

Latin America Knowledge Hub Course

August 2016
Delivered in Spanish.

The Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), in partnership with NRGI, offers an annual course on extractive industries governance open to policymakers and accountability actors from Latin America. The course takes place over five months and combines distance learning with two weeks of residential training in Lima, Peru. The 2016 residential course will run in August. For more information, please write to [email protected].

Diplomatura de Especialización en Industrias Extractivas

Agosto 2016
Clases en español.

La Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), en colaboración con NRGI, ofrece un curso anual sobre las industrias extractivas abierto a hacedores de política y otros actores interesados de América Latina. El curso se lleva a cabo en cinco meses y combina la enseñanza a distancia con dos semanas de entrenamiento residencial en Lima, Perú. El curso residencial del 2016 se dictará en agosto. Para obtener más información, por favor escriba a [email protected].

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