This summer school is open to senior civil society activists engaged in oil, gas and mining issues, members of parliament serving in relevant committees, journalists/editors covering relevant topics and subnational government officials. The two-week on-site course covers governance issues across the Natural Resource Charter decision chain. It seeks to deepen knowledge and equip participants for independent analysis of fiscal and revenue management policies, EITI reports, contracts and key legislation. Through sound independent analysis of these frameworks, accountability actors can develop strategies to improve management of the sector.
Since its inception, over 120 participants have attended the summer school, from Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Trainers are experts from academia and industry from across the continent.
The summer school is made up of modules that cover the extractive sector value chain. Each module is structured to include:
i. General concepts (theory and practice)
ii. Comparative analyses of the current context (in the region and beyond)
iii. Case studies from the region
iv. Policy labs to analyze regional case studies
v. Plenary discussions
Participants have the opportunity to share experiences and strategies with counterparts from the region.
Participants take a final test and are duly awarded certificates of participation at the end of the program.
Practical policy labs
The summer school places emphasis on practical analytical skills. Each course module gives participants the opportunity to analyze real-life contracts, legislation and fiscal policies, and make comparisons between countries to identify good practices.
An integral part of the summer school is a trip to mining sites where participants can interact with chiefs and community members. This exercise also includes ample interaction with mining company workers in a classroom setting. Mine staff will present on issues ranging from geology, reserves and mining methods to issues of environmental stewardship and community development programs. Finally, participants interact with local government officials to understand some of the administrative challenges faced by mining districts, and how mining revenues can be used to address such issues. The trip provides first-hand knowledge that informs participants' work when they return to the classroom to analyze legal, fiscal and administrative approaches.
Participants from local NGOs encounter new potential areas of engagement, identifying ways that national policies can help to relieve subnational challenges. Members of parliament learn new ways to raise issues in parliament, and media participants write stories that put the spotlight on oil and mining. Finally, local officials have the opportunity to learn from the challenges their peers face and seek ways to avoid them in their own districts.
Past course materials