In-Country Trainings on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development
Select trainings include:
Liberia and Sierra Leone (December 2017): In collaboration with Oxfam IBIS, CCSI led a 2 day workshop on County Social Development Funds for civil society organizations in Liberia, and a 2 day workshop on Diamond Area Community Development Funds, and Community Development Funds in Sierra Leone. The workshops were designed to equip members of civil society organizations with knowledge on how the social development funds in the respective contexts are designed, and operate. The workshops facilitated reflection on some of the key objectives of extractives revenue re-distribution at the local level, and the challenges of managing the funds. The workshops also served to support participants in developing strategies to address specific challenges identified in the trainings.
Liberia (June/July 2017): In collaboration with GIZ, CCSI trained 24 civil society representatives on the Liberian mining sector. The training was designed to equip participants with the requisite skills and knowledge to effectively monitor the way in which the mining sector in Liberia is governed, and included units on the applicable legal and fiscal regimes, and the social, environmental, and human rights implications of the sector, among others. CCSI also trained future trainers to deliver the training to new audiences.
Sierra Leone (May 2017): In collaboration with the National Minerals Agency, CCSI participated in a workshop on ResourceContracts.org to train civil society groups and journalists working on issues related to the mining sector, as well as relevant government representatives, on how to access mining contracts and associated documents, and make use of the data available to inform government and civil society monitoring of mining projects in Sierra Leone.
Mozambique (April 2017): CCSI led a 2-day workshop for the Mozambican civil society on sub-national redistribution systems. The workshop provided participants with an overview of how other countries redistribute revenues from the extractive industry sector and key issues that need to be taken into account when designing such systems.
Tanzania (April 2017): Prompted by the negotiation of the Uganda-Tanzania pipeline, in collaboration with the UNDP Tanzania Country Office and the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals, CCSI organized a training for Tanzanian Government officials responsible for the oil and gas sector. The program, held in Arusha, covered the legal and fiscal framework governing the oil and gas activities from upstream to downstream as well negotiation skills and techniques.
Tanzania (November/December 2016): CCSI conducted a three-day training for the Tanzanian gas negotiation team on fiscal and financial issues that need to be considered for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) investments. Apart from reviewing the various fiscal tools and international best practices, participants worked on an extensive modeling exercise that allowed them to better understand the tradeoffs between different taxes and structures among the upstream, pipeline and liquefaction investments.
Kyrgyzstan (October 2016): CCSI led two sessions on taxation regimes, potential fiscal loopholes and financial modeling as part of a certificate program offered by the University of Central Asia (UCA) in mining policy and sustainable development, targeted at civil servants, journalists and civil society representatives involved in extractive industries in Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, CCSI taught a session on leveraging mining related infrastructure investments to UCA staff.
Mongolia (October 2016): CCSI led a two-day training for company, government and civil society representatives working within the extractive industry sector in Mongolia. The training piloted the “Linkages in Resource Rich Countries” course that has been prepared in collaboration with GIZ.
Kazakhstan (May 2016): CCSI led a 1-day focused training in Astana, Kazakhstan on fiscal regime design for the mineral sector. CCSI was invited by GIZ to support GIZ’s country partners (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) in their reform of their mining fiscal regimes.
Albania (December 2015): CCSI, with the support of Albania’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AL-EITI), led a 3-day training in Tirana, Albania on natural resource governance for stakeholders from Albania’s extractives industry, including parliamentarians, government officials and civil society. The training focused on extractive industries transparency standards, oil and mining fiscal regimes, legal frameworks and social and environmental best practices.
Istanbul (August 2015): CCSI and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) led a training for Afghan public officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum on issues of negotiating contracts and designing fiscal regimes for extractive industry investments. The course was organized by the US Government’s Commerce Law Development Program.
Tanzania (May/June 2015): CCSI has partnered with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) and Tanzania’s UONGOZI Institute to develop a capacity-development program for Tanzania’s Oil & Gas Negotiation Team. In early May 2015, CCSI and our project partners launched the program with a 2-day workshop in Zanzibar on “Establishing a Shared Vision for Tanzania’s Oil and Gas Sector.” In late June 2015, CCSI trained the oil and gas negotiation team of the Government of Tanzania in Arusha, Tanzania.
Ghana and Peru (February/March 2015): CCSI has partnered with IBIS, LATINDADD and ACEP to develop a benchmarking model for gold mining projects, which allows users to compare fiscal terms across gold producing jurisdictions. CCSI led a two day fiscal modeling training in Ghana and Peru in February and March 2015 respectively, which will support ACEP and LATINDADD in using the benchmarking tool for analytical and advocacy purposes.
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (October 2014): CCSI, together with Jones Day LLP, designed and led intensive two-day trainings for government officials on legal and fiscal frameworks governing investments in extractive industries and on investment arbitration. The trainings were organized by GIZ.
Sierra Leone (May 2014): CCSI co-designed and led a training for both government officials and trainers from the Civil Service Training College in Sierra Leone on the legal and fiscal framework for extractive industries, organized by GIZ.
Mongolia (April 2014): CCSI organized and led a week-long training on the legal and fiscal framework for extractive industries and the negotiation of investment contracts for government officials, organized by GIZ.
Kyrgyzstan (October 2013): CCSI organized and led a week-long training on the legal and fiscal framework for extractive industries and the negotiation of investment contracts for government officials. The training was organized by USAID and GIZ.
Mozambique (June 2011): CCSI led a 2-day fiscal training to a diverse group of government officials from the ministry of mineral resources, the tax authority, the ministry of finance, and select other participants, hosted by the Government of Mozambique.
For parties interested in hosting an in-country training, please contact CCSI.