Öppen kurs: Natural Resources for Sustainable Development

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Hållbar utveckling/Sustainable Development


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!


SDG Acadamy






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





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Term: February 2017

Start Date: Feb 13 2017

End Date: May 15 2017

Duration: 13 weeks

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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.

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



SDG Acadamy, “Öppen kurs: Natural Resources for Sustainable Development,” Open SNH, accessed 16 april 2021, http://opensnh.se/items/show/159.

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