Mega investments in the extractive industries – including oil, gas, and mining – have the potential to be a springboard for development in many low- and middle-income countries, through major tax revenues, technology transfer, infrastructure development, employment and capacity building. However, reaping those benefits is challenging, and more often these investments have been a source of corruption, social degradation, resource dependency, and environmental catastrophe. How then can resource-rich countries faced with this double-edged sword make informed decisions about how to effectively leverage these resources for economic and social development while mitigating negative externalities?

In order to leverage natural resources for development, countries face a number of challenges related to the development and enforcement of a robust legal and fiscal framework; revenue forecasting, management, and allocation; development planning and implementation; infrastructure design and regulation; supply chain development; vocational training; and environmental protection; among others.

CCSI tackles this complex challenge with policy-makers and practitioners in an annual Executive Training Program on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, held each June at Columbia University in New York City. The 2015 training will take place from June 8th through 19th, 2015.

The program is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills to promote the responsible development of the extractive industries sector in resource-rich developing countries and to encourage a rich dialogue about best practices from around the globe. The two-week training emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of resource-based development. By working through real case studies and with practitioners and experts in the field, participants will be able to apply analytical tools and frameworks to the unique context of the extractive industries in their country.

For more information, or to apply, please visit our website. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2015. 




In November 2014, CCSI convened a one-day roundtable focused on lessons learned from good governance initiatives for extractive industry investments and large land-based agricultural investments. The roundtable brought together a range of stakeholders working on extractive industry investments and/or land-based forestry and agricultural investments, including representatives from civil society, government, academia, and the private sector. CCSI has published an outcome note from this roundtable.

Key structural differences between the extractive industries and the forestry and agriculture sectors mean that not all lessons learned from good governance initiatives related to extractives investments or land-based agricultural investments are transferrable. However, large-scale extractive industry investments and land-based forestry and agricultural investments share enough challenges regarding certain issues that efforts to better understand the benefits, drawbacks, and best practices around good governance initiatives can be a useful exercise. The roundtable facilitated conversation on these issues, while providing an opportunity for participants to brainstorm further ways to explore shared lessons around governing natural resources. This outcome document aims to provide more information for stakeholders interested in increased knowledge sharing around this topic.