Length Length

3 modules, accessible at any time

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per week

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English

Readings Readings

English

Prerequisites Prerequisites

Minimum undergraduate level of understanding of extractive sector contract negotiation

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

NEGOTIATING
a good deal

in the extractive industry

NEGOTIATING
WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE
in successful

contract negotiations?

WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE
WHAT STRATEGIES
can support

government negotiators?

WHAT STRATEGIES
THE POLICY AND LEGAL FRAMEWORKS
of a

SUCCESSFUL CONTRACT

THE POLICY AND LEGAL FRAMEWORKS

Overview

This course is self-paced – you can enroll immediately and complete the course materials at any time before August 31, 2022.

Many resource-rich countries negotiate complex contracts to govern mining, oil, or gas projects. Despite the critical importance of these contracts in determining the risks and benefits of these projects, many developing country governments face disadvantages in the negotiation process. This can be because of asymmetric information or expertise, lack of preparedness, power imbalances, and other factors. This course examines the challenges governments face in negotiating strong contracts, and strategies that governments can use to address these challenges and increase the chances of negotiating a good deal.

This course was developed by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), and the CONNEX Support Unit, with support from GIZ and the European Union. It is hosted by the SDG Academy.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Discussion forum

This course is for

Mid- to senior-level government officials, including those with decision making authority, who work in ministries and departments involved in policy design, implementation, and compliance; officials from state-owned enterprises; members of parliament; parliamentary staffers; and researchers.

Civil society leaders with a track record of analysis, oversight, and policy advocacy around the governance of extractive industries.

Academics and doctoral students undertaking applied research or teaching on the governance of natural resources.

Professionals from development agencies, including consultancies, aid agencies, and international financial institutions.

Representatives from extractive industry associations such as chambers of energy and minerals or country-level industry think tanks.

Law students or those who wish to better their knowledge on how to examine, plan, and execute the negotiation process.

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course is self-paced. All course components are available now and can be completed at any time that is convenient for the students. Please note that this course is not facilitated by a course team. We encourage students to engage with one another via the discussion forum. Any specific questions can be sent to the SDG Academy team at courses@sdgacademy.org.

Certificates

Learners who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by Chandrika Bahadur, Director of the SDG Academy.

syllabus

Module 1: The Policy and Legal Context Around Contract Negotiations

Module 2: Preparing for Negotiations

Module 3: Negotiations and the Aftermath

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