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New Online Course, Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance

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    Course Summary

    Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance, a joint course by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and the World Bank, gives students an understanding of the key challenges and opportunities that come with managing extractive industry investments for sustainable development.

    When managed prudently, oil, gas, and mining investments and the vast revenues they generate can sustain development efforts and make a lasting positive impact on the life of citizens. However, without proper policies, frameworks, and oversight, these same investments have the potential to destabilize public financial management systems, bring negative environmental and social impacts, and increase the risk of corruption.

    This course, which is offered twice a year, builds knowledge to make the most of oil, gas, and minerals, while mitigating the risks that these industries bring. It outlines the various complex and interrelated aspects of natural resource governance, including: understanding the governance and industry fundamentals; developing and implementing robust and transparent legal frameworks; designing fiscal regimes to capture a fair share of the revenues; managing environmental risks; engaging with communities; leveraging investments for infrastructure and business linkages; and managing revenues for economic diversification and development, among others.

     

    By joining this course, you are also becoming part of a global movement of citizens and practitioners committed to harnessing the transformational impacts of these resources. The success of the course depends on an active student base that represents a diversity of experiences, geographies, and perspectives.

     

    Add your voice to the global discussion by registering today!

     

    Course Structure & Requirements

    The course is structured around a series of pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, and discussion forums. Course videos and materials are presented in English, however text transcripts can be viewed and downloaded in Spanish and French by choosing the language in the pop-up menu on the bottom right of each video. Course components can be completed at a time that is convenient for the students. The material for each week is made available each Monday, and once the material has been opened, it remains open for the duration of the course. There are no written assignments for this course.

     

    In addition to the recorded lectures, readings, and quizzes, the instructors and select visiting experts will record hangouts each week on Youtube so that students can ask questions prior to each recording and engage with the instructors and leading practitioners working in this field. The exact dates of these discussions will be announced throughout the course.

     

    The estimated time commitment to complete all course components is 4-6 hours per week, though this depends heavily on the student and his / her objectives in taking the course.

     

    Students who successfully complete the course will receive a digital certificate of proficiency, signed by the course organizers. In order to successfully complete the course, students must score an average of 70% or higher on the quizzes and final exam, all of which are multiple choice. Students who score 85% or higher will receive certificates of proficiency with distinction. While this course is not credit granting, we encourage students to work with their own institutions to explore the option of granting credit for online coursework.

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    Syllabus

     

    1 Challenges and opportunities

    1.0 Introduction to the course

     

    Lisa Sachs, Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

     

    Patrick Heller, Director, Legal and Economic Programs, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

    1.1 Short history of oil, gas, and mining

    Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute and Sustainable Development Solutions Network

     

    1.2 Challenges and opportunities of oil, gas, and mining

    Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute and Sustainable Development Solutions Network

     

    1.3 The decision chain of natural resource management (I)

    Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

     

    1.4 The decision chain of natural resource management (II)

    Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

     

    2 Political economy of natural resources 

    2.0 Introduction to Module 2

     

    2.1 How natural resources shape and are shaped by political context

    Alexandra Gillies, Director, Governance Programs, Natural Resource Governance Institute 

     

    2.2 How natural resources affect government behavior to the world

    Michael Ross, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

     

    2.3 Natural resources and the broader governance framework

    Daniel Kaufmann, President, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

    2.4 Transparency and accountability

    Daniel Kaufmann, President, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

    2.5 International governance initiatives

    Alexandra Gillies, Director, Governance Programs, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

    3 Fundamentals of oil, gas, and mining: industry considerations and policy implications

    3.0 Introduction to Module 3

     

    3.1 From oil well to car – Market, players, and extraction process in oil

    Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Hermes Equity Ownership Services

     

    3.2 From mine to mobile phone – Market, players, and extraction process in mining

    Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Hermes Equity Ownership Services

     

    3.3 How a company decides to invest in a project

    Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Hermes Equity Ownership Services

     

    3.4 The project development process

    Antonio Pedro, Director, UNECA Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa

     

    3.5 Evolving Technology

    Antonio Pedro, Director, UNECA Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa

     

    4 Legal overview

    4.0 Introduction to Module 4

     

    4.1 Legal and regulatory frameworks for extractive industries

    Patrick Heller, Director, Legal and Economic Programs, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

    4.2 Allocation of rights

    Paulo de Sa, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives Practice, World Bank

     

    4.3 Implementation and monitoring of legal frameworks

    Patrick Heller, Director, Legal and Economic Programs, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

    4.4 International law and the extractive industries

    Lise Johnson, Head, Investment Law and Policy, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

     

    4.5 State-owned enterprises: Role and governance

    Patrick Heller, Director, Legal and Economic Programs, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

    4.6 (Optional) Regional harmonization: Case studies from Africa

    Antonio Pedro, Director, UNECA Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa

     

    5 Fiscal regime design and revenue collection

    5.0 Introduction to Module 5

     

    5.1 Resource economics

    Bryan Land, Lead Mining Specialist, World Bank

     

    5.2 Fiscal policy principles and practice

    Bryan Land, Lead Mining Specialist, World Bank

     

    5.3 Fiscal design concepts for extractives

    Bryan Land, Lead Mining Specialist, World Bank

     

    5.4 Fiscal regime types

    Bryan Land, Lead Mining Specialist, World Bank

     

    5.5 Fiscal regime design challenges (I)

    Bryan Land, Lead Mining Specialist, World Bank

     

    5.6 Fiscal regime design challenges (II)

    Bryan Land, Lead Mining Specialist, World Bank

     

    6 Anticipating and managing environmental issues

    6.0 Introduction to Module 6

     

    6.1 Environmental challenges and trends: Oil and gas

    Daniel Franks, Programme Manager, United Nations Development Programme

     

    6.2 Environmental challenges and trends: Mining

    Daniel Franks, Programme Manager, United Nations Development Programme

     

    6.3 Managing environmental challenges

    Daniel Franks, Programme Manager, United Nations Development Programme

     

    6.4 Extractives and climate change

    Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute and Sustainable Development Solutions Network

     

    7 Community rights

    7.0 Introduction to Module 7

     

    7.1 Impact on, and engagement with, local communities

    Cielo Magno, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of the Philippines

     

    7.2 Human rights and the extractive industries

    Cielo Magno, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of the Philippines

     

    7.3 Social impacts and community development agreements

    Cielo Magno, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of the Philippines

     

    7.4 Vulnerable groups: indigenous rights and gender issues

    Cielo Magno, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of the Philippines

     

    8 Artisanal mining

    8.0 Introduction to Module 8

     

    8.1 Introduction to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)

    Cristina Villegas, Deputy Director, Mines to Markets, Pact

     

    8.2 Challenges of ASM

    Cristina Villegas, Deputy Director, Mines to Markets, Pact

     

    8.3 ASM and gender

    Cristina Villegas, Deputy Director, Mines to Markets, Pact

     

    8.4 Tensions between artisanal and large-scale mining

    Cristina Villegas, Deputy Director, Mines to Markets, Pact

     

    8.5 Key opportunities and the way forward

    Cristina Villegas, Deputy Director, Mines to Markets, Pact

     

    9 Revenue management

    9.0 Introduction to Module 9

     

    9.1 Challenges of revenue management

    Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director, Africa Centre for Energy Policy

     

    9.2 Policy responses: Savings, spending, public debt, and earmarking

    Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director, Africa Centre for Energy Policy

     

    9.3 Natural resource funds

    Havard Halland, Economist, World Bank

     

    9.4 Revenue sharing and decentralization

    Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director, Africa Centre for Energy Policy

     

    10 Investing in sustainable development: Economic linkages to the extractives sector

    10.0 Introduction to Module 10

     

    10.1 Introduction to economic linkages

    Anthony Paul, Principal Consultant, Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists

     

    10.2 Local employment

    Anthony Paul, Principal Consultant, Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists

     

    10.3 Local procurement

    Anthony Paul, Principal Consultant, Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists

     

    10.4 Enabling technology transfer

    Anthony Paul, Principal Consultant, Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists

     

    10.5 Downstream linkages

    Anthony Paul, Principal Consultant, Association of Caribbean Energy Specialists

     

    11 Investing in sustainable development: Looking beyond extractives

    11.0 Introduction to Module 11

     

    11.1 Investing in investing

    Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

     

    11.2 Leveraging extractive industries for infrastructure

    Perrine Toledano, Head, Extractive Industries, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

     

    11.3 Integrated spatial planning

    Michael Stanley, Sector Lead, Mining, World Bank

     

    11.4 Resource-for-infrastructure deals

    Havard Halland, Economist, World Bank

     

    12 Cross-cutting considerations and looking ahead

    12.0 Introduction to Module 12

     

    12.1 Political tripod and authorizing environment

    Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

     

    12.2 Engaging citizens

    Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

     

    12.3 Aligning extractive industries with the SDGs

    Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute and Sustainable Development Solutions Network

     

    12.4 Course wrap-up

    Lisa Sachs, Director, Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment

    Patrick Heller, Director, Legal and Economic Programs, Natural Resource Governance Institute

     

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