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Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: Eurasia Course

15 March–29 October 2021

  • Training

  • Starting 8:00AM

  • Ending 8:00AM EDT

  • Online

  • Applications closed

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Online phase: 15 March - 20 May 2021
Residential phase: June - July 2021 (TBC)
Application deadline: 15 February 2021

The Eurasia Hub has announced the next iteration of the multi-mode course in Natural Resources for Sustainable Development. Due to the pandemic the bub is organizing the second iteration of the course and will conduct the online phase in the spring of 2021. Participants of the new iteration will get a chance of joining the residential phase together with the most successful participants of the online course from the Spring 2020 edition. In addition to modules in data analysis, revenue management and contracting the participants of the online phase will have an opportunity to participate in an online discussion with Eurasia Hub experts on the consequences of the pandemic for resource-rich countries of the region.

The multi-mode course offers a well-grounded knowledge of theories and practices for efficient resource governance. The overarching goal of the course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary:
  • For building a broad understanding of policy challenges in resource governance with an in-depth focus on legal and fiscal framework and revenue management
  • For developing policy scenarios with integrating analytical tools into forming an information base in the decision-making process
  • For assessing most relevant decisions in achieving specific country development priorities
  • For building up necessary skills in usage of data in evidence-based policymaking 
The program aims to facilitate a rich dialogue about best practices from around the globe and their lessons for countries in the region. Lectures, online Q&A's and discussions combined with practical work based on case studies, policy analysis and peer-to-peer exchange with practitioners and experts in the field will help participants to share experience in reversing the resource curse for sustainable development. 

One of the previous participants of the Eurasia Hub training course, Chinara Yagubova, civil society representative from Azerbaijan said: “I participated at the training offered by the Eurasia Hub twice - in 2013 and 2018. I started feeling more confident in handling issues of transparency and accountability in extractive industries, which is one of the core action fields of the NGO I work for.”
The program will consist of three stages:
Online stage (2 months): Participants will acquire introductory knowledge about resource governance and complete weekly assignments in order to be considered for the residential stage. Learners will have a live session with the lecturers of the residential phase. 
Residential stage (10 days):
The participants in the residential stage will be selected based on their performance during the online phase, the relevance of their background, and future career prospects. The preference for participation in the residential stage will be given to the participants who haven’t participated at one of our in-person trainings before. After gaining a solid understanding of key tenets of natural resource decision chain participants will spend 10 days at Khazar University. All participants will attend sessions on the political economy of policy-making in resource-rich states, policy analysis and design, data analysis, and policy options for sustainable development. 
Final Assignment:
This could take the form of a research or analytical paper to inform in-country debates or specific policy recommendations for the government, depending on the affiliation and level of influence of the participant. Each student will be assigned a corresponding Eurasia Hub instructor to provide mentorship. This is a mandatory part of the program for completion.
Potential participants:
Mid-level government, senior parliamentary staff, specialized civil society and media, international development agencies and private company representatives, as well as academics and researchers from countries of the Eurasia region. Self-funded participants are also welcome.
The working language of the course is Russian. Materials in both English and Russian languages will be used.
Eurasia Hub will cover all the costs of the course for selected participants. This includes accommodation, meals, transport (flight tickets) to Baku and airport transfers within Baku. The costs occurring during the travel to and from the airport at the location of residency will not be covered by the hub. Please note that self-funded participants are also welcome.
Application process:
To apply, please complete and submit the online application form here by 15 February 2021.
In case you have any questions, contact Turana Alieva, course coordinator, at [email protected]

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