Since 2012, NRGI has partnered with the Department of Politics and Government (JPP), Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in the operation of a regional extractive knowledge hub (now known as RegINA). The objectives of the hub, in line with the vision of NRGI’s hub program is to:
- Increase the number of accountability actors pushing for better management of extractive resources for the ultimate benefit of citizens in resource rich countries.
- Equip members of this growing movement with the requisite knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution in the governance of the extractive sector in their countries.
The hub offers an annual course taught by instructors from NRGI and UGM, as well as regional experts with backgrounds in natural resource accounting, economics, law, and fiscal policy. The course is divided into five parts:
- Assessing social and environmental impacts of extractive industry operations (including risks, drivers for and against extraction, enabling effective consultation, natural resource accounting and cost-benefit analysis)
- Tax, royalty and contract terms (introduction to fiscal systems, legal hierarchy/contract forms and terms, pitfalls and loopholes, monitoring of fiscal and tax obligations, and modeling of financial benefits)
- Revenue management (overview and challenges to managing resource revenues, macroeconomic frameworks, policy options, revenue sharing and subnational revenue management, transparency and oversight mechanisms, public financial management and budget process, local content, linking revenue management with sustainable development)
- Coalitions for reform (policy advocacy strategy, stakeholder mapping and developing key messages, getting public legitimation, developing supporting evidence or data, action planning)
- EITI (introduction to basic principles and overview of the standard, new rules opportunities and challenges)
As part of the course, participants travel to an oil producing area in East Java, Bojonegoro, to see first-hand the impact of oil extraction on local economies. NRGI has worked in Bojonegoro for many years, and there are many lessons that its partners have learned in responding to the challenges faced by the region that they will share with this cohort of students.
Limited scholarships are available. For more information, please email Yusnita Ike Christanti, Asia-Pacific hub manager, at [email protected] or see the course event page.