Natural Resources for Sustainable Development

February 2016

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  • Course Code:  NR

  • Term:  February 2016

  • Start Date:  Feb 1 2016

  • End Date:  Apr 30 2016

  • Duration:  13 weeks

  • Course Author(s)
    Natural Resource Governance Institute, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, SDSNedu, The World Bank

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. These course components can be completed at a time that is convenient for the students, and most quizzes and timed activities are given a two-week window for completion. 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 hold several real-time discussions on Google Hangouts so that students can ask questions and engage directly with the instructors and leading practitioners working in this field. The exact dates of these discussions will be announced early in 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 completion, 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 completion 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.

 

If you have any additional questions on the course structure or requirements, please email the SDSN Education Initiatives Team at edu@unsdsn.org. For technical questions about the platform, please email, support@edcast.com.

 

Course Syllabus

 

1.0 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

 

2.0 Political economy of natural resources

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.0 Legal overview

 

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 Regional harmonization: Case studies from Africa

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

 

4.6 State-owned enterprises: Role and governance

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

 

5.0 Fiscal regime design and revenue collection

 

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

 

6.0 Anticipating and managing environmental issues

 

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

 

7.0 Community rights

 

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

 

8.0 Artisanal mining

 

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

 

9.0 Revenue management

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

11.0 Investing in sustainable development: Looking beyond extractives

 

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

 

12.0 Cross-cutting considerations and looking ahead

 

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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