Governance of Extractive Industries: Francophone Africa Knowledge Hub Training Course. 18-30 August 2014
The aim of the Regional Program of Capacity Building in Extractive Industries is to equip a large number of monitoring bodies, including CSOs, media and parliamentarians, with knowledge and skills that will improve the quality of their response and their ability to positively influence the transparent and accountable management of extractive industries in francophone Africa.
The Centre of Excellence for Extractive Industries Governance in Francophone Africa (CEGIEAF), hosted by the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC), with the support of Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Summer School on Governance of Extractive Industries (EI), to be held at UCAC’s Ekounou-Ayene campus, from 18 to 30 August 2014.
The program’s two main objectives are:
- Improve the knowledge and skills of supervisors working in the field of extractive industries
- Increase the number of supervisory bodies working in the field of extractive industries in order to strengthen the international movement for transparency and good governance of the sector.
The summer school is open to civil society actors, journalists and parliamentarians involved in the promotion of a better governance of extractive industries in their country for at least two years. It is residential, lasts two weeks and covers the value chain of extractive industries: decision to extract, contracts, legislation, taxation, collection and management of revenues, social and environmental impacts, and impact of extractive resources on development. It includes preparatory activities, the two weeks of coursework, a field experience, and an individualized support after the summer course.
The summer course is prepared and delivered by experienced resource persons selected at national, regional and international levels; they are academics, researchers, government officials, and civil society actors. Those selected for this fourth edition will take part in the International Conference at UCAC on the 22 and 23 August 2014 on the theme: “Monitoring initiatives of extractive governance in francophone Africa: review and prospects.”
The Revenue Watch Institute will provide full and partial scholarships to some participants after reviewing their applications. These scholarships cover two weeks of classes (including accommodation, meals, lectures, field trip) and the individual technical assistance, worth a total of $3,000 per person. The number of places is limited this year to 30. We strongly encourage other organizations and institutions to consider supporting their partners to attend the program. Institutions that sponsor must in addition cover separately the travel expenses to Yaoundé and the incidental expenses of their beneficiaries. Interested organizations are invited to come forward and indicate the number of people they would like to sponsor no later than 31 March 2014.
Anyone interested in participating in the program is invited to apply by sending to the address below a one-page cover letter, completed questionnaire of needs (download document here), and a letter of recommendation, no later than 15 February 2014. The cover letter should, in French, detail the reasons why the applicant would benefit from this program, his/her experience and his/her organization’s relevant experience. It should also indicate whether the person is requesting Revenue Watch funding or will be supported by another partner. Those selected will receive a response not later than 15 March 2014.