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Short trainings and professional development courses designed to assist government officials and policy makers in the planning, preparation for, negotiation, monitoring, and implementation of large-scale investments

Jun 01, 2021
POSTPONED TILL 2021 - CCSI Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

CCSI's Annual Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, held each June at Columbia University in New York City, is postponed for 2021.

This interdisciplinary program is designed for mid-level public sector officials and civil society representatives from low- and middle-income countries, whose responsibilities relate to investments, agriculture, land or rural development. A select number of representatives from development agencies and the private sector may also be admitted.

Learn more here

Asia Public–Private Partnership Training Institute (APPPI) Courses Go to training

The APPPI conducts intensive PPP courses in collaboration with universities and governmental bodies (e.g. municipal governments) throughout Asia.

The courses are designed in two curricula: Basic/Intermediate and Advanced. The model course is three days long. The in-country training courses vary in length depending on the host/participants’ needs and interests as well as availability.

Location of trainings: Toyo University in Japan and elsewhere in Asia.

Topics covered: PPPs.

Types of trainings: Model courses and tailored courses provided at the University of Toya and in-country.

CCSI Executive Trainings and In-Country Trainings Go to training

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) provides a number of trainings each year, including:

Location of Trainings: New York, USA and in-country. 

Topics covered:

  • Extractive industries and sustainable development; 
  • Agricultural investments and sustainable development; and 
  • Investment treaties, arbitration and sustainable development. 

Types of training: Annual executive training programs at Columbia University and in-country training courses delivered on an ad hoc basis. 

CEPMLP Post-Graduate Degrees and Professional Development Programmes Go to training

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee in Scotland is an internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy. In addition to a number of specialist 1-year post-graduate degree programs, CEPMLP also offers a professional development programme in a range of natural resource and energy topics.

The CEPMLP Professional Development Programme includes seminars, conferences and professional development courses that are attended by delegates from government, ministries, academia, and industry, providing those attending with a global forum for theoretical and practical interaction.

Each course is also accredited by the Law Society (Solicitors Regulation Authority) of England and Wales. CEPMLP is also an Energy Institute approved training provider.

CEPMLP also delivers these seminars and courses globally with an established programme running throughout the year in Ghana and Uganda.

Location of trainings: Scotland, Ghana and Uganda.

Topics covered: Natural resources and energy, with a particular focus on oil & gas.

Types of trainings: Professional development courses.

Centre for Sustainable Minerals (CSRM) Professional Development Courses and Masterclasses Go to training

CSRM is an internationally recognised provider of professional development courses and Masterclasses for all stakeholders associated with resource projects.

CSRM provides tailored training on social aspects and impacts of extractives and energy projects.  

The training is designed to suit a range of groups, from frontline community relations practitioners to community representatives, government officials and regulators, journalists as well as industry executives.  

Short courses and masterclasses are designed to (1) build capacity across the industry and (2) upskill external stakeholders to engage with industry in a productive way.

Location of trainings: University of Queensland, Australia and in-country.

Topics covered

  • Grievance Mechanisms: Introduction and key themes; 
  • Community Development;
  • Good and poor practice in community engagement;
  • Genuine participation and empowerment;
  • Human Rights: Introduction and Key Themes for Mining and Business;
  • Social Impact Assessment: Key concepts and Basic Strategies;
  • Gender and Mining;
  • Mining in Post Conflict Situations;
  • Cultural Heritage Management; and
  • Connecting mining activities to human development goals.

Types of trainings: Professional development courses and masterclasses.

IDEP Training Courses Go to training

The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) is a subsidiary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Its aim is to build, upgrade and/or update the technical aptitudes and proficiencies of mid-career and senior government officials in economic management and development planning. To this end, it provides a range of capacity development and training initiatives.

Location of trainings: Various locations in Africa.

Topics covered: Training topics relate to development planning and policy, e.g. land policy and development, economic accounts for agriculture, regional integration. 

Types of trainings: Short courses provided in English and French. For the monthly schedule see here.

Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) Training Courses Go to training

NRGI has developed training courses and materials that meet the learning needs of civil society advocates, government officials, journalists, and parliamentarians working toward improving the management of oil, gas and minerals. NRGI's materials are tailored to the learning styles of adults, with a focus on learning through participants' own experiences, sustained debates and interaction. The training materials present balanced views and facilitate debates about the pros and cons of policy decisions.

NRGI’s materials include: 

  • Courses and modules to help others prepare effective trainings on the management and oversight of oil, gas and mining;
  • Agendas and outlines from regional knowledge hub courses on natural resource governance;
  • Global advanced courses offered in partnership with the School of Public Policy at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; and
  • Information from country-specific courses from NRGI in-country trainings.

For a full list of courses offered in the past and upcoming trainings, click here.

Location of trainings: Azerbaijan (Khazar University), Cameroon (Yaondé), Ghana (Accra), Hungary (Budapest), Indonesia (Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta), United Kingdom (Oxford), Peru (Pontifical Catholic University), and elsewhere.

Topics covered: Natural resource governance; extractive industries.

Types of trainings: Annual short courses at regional hubs and in Oxford, UK, as well as ad hoc, country-specific training courses provided in-country.

IFC Environmental and Social Training e-Courses and Sustainability Webinar Series Go to training

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has developed an online training program on how to manage environmental and social risks.

IFC has also recently launched a series of free webinars offering its expertise and thought leadership on sustainability issues. Topics include IFC Performance Standards, Environmental, Health, & Safety Guidelines 101, and Corporate Governance.

Location of trainings: Virtual.

Topics covered:  IFC Performance Standards, Environmental, Health, & Safety Guidelines 101, and Corporate Governance.

Type of training: Web-based, online.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Programs Go to training

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) is a collaborative educational non-profit organization dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the law and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, energy, environmental protection, and other related areas.

Through its educational programs, the RMMLF brings together lawyers, landmen, managers, government personnel, law faculty, students, and others involved in minerals, oil and gas, water, and other resources.  Their programs include, among other things, Institutes, short courses, and workshops (domestic and international) focusing on relevant legal developments and issues.

Location of trainings: Various locations in the U.S. and in-country (including Columbia and Thailand in 2014).

Topics covered: Legal and regulatory issues relating to minerals, oil and gas, water, and other resources.

Types of training: Short courses and workshops.

World Bank e-Institute Online Courses Go to training

The e-Institute is a unique global portal is designed to support self-motivated learners who want to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skills, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities.

Location of trainings: Virtual.

Types of training: Online courses.

Infrateach Online Courses Go to training

A website that provides resources and online training webinars on infrastructure finance & development.

The online training courses contain video presentations/lectures, powerpoint slides and some reference documents. Some courses are provided free of charge, but others require the payment of a fee to access the content. All the training courses require the user to register with the website prior to accessing the training modules. 

The website also contains a Resources section with free downloadable support documentation and resources. It includes checklists, explanation notes, example working draft contracts, presentations, and various other materials from a large number of sources. Registration with the website is required to access these resources. 

Location of trainings: Virtual.

Topics covered: Infrastructure finance and development.

Types of trainings: Online training courses.

Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG) Ad Hoc Trainings Go to training

The Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG) promotes equitable and ecologically sound approaches to poverty reduction through sustainable use of natural resources. It provides ad hoc courses, in collaboration with other partners, on such topics as mining contract negotiations.

For example, SDSG and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in partnership with the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and the World Bank will conducted a five-day seminar in French on Negotiation of Mining Contracts: Understanding and Improving the Negotiation Process and Results, in Dakar, Senegal. 

The “Sustainable Natural Resources Development Series,” organized and offered by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Denver USA, offers a suite of four related and complementary courses aimed at addressing the issue of how to ensure that natural resources are found, developed, and used in ways that support sustainable development of human societies. 

The courses are taught by international leaders who have been involved with these issues. 

Locations: Denver, USA and various locations in Africa.

Topics covered: Development through the sustainable use of natural resources, including mining.

Types of trainings: Ad hoc trainings in collaboration with partners.

IISD Ad Hoc Training Courses for Developing Countries Go to training

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) regularly provides  in-country training courses to policy makers and government officials from developing countries on topics related to the sustainable investment in natural resources.

IISD organizes a series of ad hoc trainings around the world. Past trainings include:

  • A 5-day course on "Building Capacity to Implement the Mining Policy Framework in the Dominican Republic" in Santa Domingo;
  • A 5-day training course on the negotiation of mine development agreements in Arusha, Tanzania in collaboration with the SDSG, The Trade Policy Trading Centre in Africa (TRAPCA) and the World Bank; and
  • A workshop on promoting sustainable investment in agriculture South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand in collaboration with the International Institute for Trade and Development.

Location of trainings: World wide.

Topics covered: Sustainable investment in natural resources (including investment treaties, negotiating mining development agreements, sustainable investment in agriculture/ extractive industries, etc.).

Type of trainings: In-country short courses organized on an ad hoc basis.

Queen's University Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis (PIAR) Go to training

Participants will learn how to conduct the Integrated Analysis of Investment Projects including financial, economic, risk and stakeholder analysis. They will gain skills in the design and testing of risk management contracts, public private partnerships (PPPs), and the evaluation of project financing options.

Through lectures by internationally recognized experts, applied case studies, and group discussions, participants will gain practical knowledge, and obtain a global perspective of recent developments in these fields.

LCPS-NRGI Course on Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Governance Go to training

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) have teamed up to establish a policy hub that aims to support and build the capacities of civil society, journalists, and policymakers to improve the governance of the oil and gas sector for more sustainable development in the MENA region.

Selected participants are invited to attend the course in Beirut, Lebanon from 25 October to 3 November 2017.

William Freire - Mineral Law Course (Curso de Legislação Mineral) Go to training

Taught by Dr. William Freire experts, Dr. James de Mattos and Dr. Marcelo Azevedo the program covers various topics on mining standards and a unique module on Environmental Law applied to mining.

The course is promoted by the Brazilian Institute of Mining Rights (IBDM) with support from Ethics Events, Mining News, Magazine IntheMine, Legal Publishing, CAMARB and William Freire Advogados Associados.

Applications can be made ​​through the site or email


FAO e-learning course: gender equality in land governance Go to training

A new e-learning course from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides specific guidance for ensuring that the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) are implemented in a gender-equitable way.

The course consists of six interactive lessons.

CCSI / NRGI / SDSN / World Bank Facilitated MOOC - Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance Go to training

Delivered in English.

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the World Bank and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) partnered to develop "Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance". This massive open online course (MOOC) is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed learners. It stretches over 12 weeks and covers a range of topics including the challenges and opportunities that come with extractive industries, key political economy considerations, legal frameworks, tax policy, environmental issues, community rights, artisanal mining, economic linkages to the wider economy, and the management and investment of revenues for sustainable development.

Each week, students have access to around 1 hour of recorded video lectures, led by a diverse faculty of world-class experts and practitioners, including Prof. Sir Paul Collier and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. The course is particularly suitable for those who seek to build a solid comprehensive understanding of the field. Access to the course requires a reliable internet connection to be able to view the videos.

Energy Charter Training Programmes Go to training

The Executive Training Programmes for Young Energy Professionals are an initiative of the Energy Charter Secretariat's recently established Knowledge Centre. Their aim is to apply the abundance of energy experience accumulated within the Energy Charter Process in a practical and useful manner.

The Energy Charter is based on the legally binding Energy Charter Treaty of 1994, a foremost body of international law which serves to protect investment in the global energy sector. It likewise seeks to promote the trade and transit of energy between countries, whilst also establishing common rules for multilateral cooperation in the energy sector.

UN OHCHR online training: Principles for Responsible Contracts Go to training

Office of the High Comissioner Human Rights training modules on the Principles for Responsible Contracts: Integrating the management of human rights risks into State-investor contract negotiations - Guidance for negotiators.

The training and the Principles are useful for state negotiators, comercial negotiators, legal counsel, civil society, national human rights institutions, companies, lenders & investors, UN field staff, and staff of development and multilateral organizations. 

Issues covered by the training include:

- The mandate of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Business and Human Rights

- The development of the Principles for Responsible Contracts

- How to integrate the management of human rights risks into the negotiation of State-investor contracts

- How the Principles for Responsible Contracts can be a helpful tool to ensure human rights are managed throughout the life of investment projects 

OpenOil Financial Modeling- Second Session Go to training

Second session, including case studies. 

OpenOil Financial Modeling- First Session Go to training

IMF Capacity Development Go to training

The International Monetary Fund devotes 27% of its activities towards capacity development, to help countries build strong fiscal institutions that are capable of supporting sustainable, inclusive growth and development.

The curriculum offers training on a wide range of topics on which the IMF has expertise, including an array of specialized courses by the Finance, Fiscal Affairs, Legal, Monetary and Capital Markets, and Statistics Departments of the IMF, as well as those by the Institute. Courses are given multiple times and at different training centers. 

IMF Online Learning - Finance / Economics Go to training

The IMF has partnered with edX, the nonprofit online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to offer online training.

Trainings include topics like: Financial Programming and Policies, Debt Sustainability Analysis, Energy Subsidy Reform, Macroeconomic Forecasting, Financial Market Analysis, among others. 

University of Delaware's Minerals, Materials and Society Graduate Certificate Program Go to training

The Minerals, Materials and Society (MMS) graduate certificate is one of the first of its kind in the United States to offer a for-credit graduate program aimed at industry, government and civil society professionals working across mineral and extractive supply chains. The program approaches the topic from an interdisciplinary and industrial ecology perspective with attention to key skills needed to evaluate the environmental and social impacts of the sector. The program is designed with online offerings as well as on-campus and field course offerings.

Courses for the MMS graduate certificate will begin in January, 2020.



ALSF Academy Capacity Building Portal Go to training

The E-Learning Platform for Africa’s Government Officials, Lawyers, Academics and Professionals.

The ALSF Academy Capacity Building Portal is an innovative web-based platform that will house the ALSF Academy’s e-learning courses and related materials including comprehensive course handbooks, model agreements, practice guides and sector-specific publications. The portal will also include discussion and networking capabilities allowing users from across the Continent to interact, collaborate and exchange knowledge, expertise and ideas.

The ALSF Academy is a high quality, standardized, three-level capacity building training and certification program focused on African government officials, lawyers and other professionals practicing in the ALSF’s key sectors: mining, oil & gas, power, infrastructure and PPPs, and sovereign debt.

African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) Core Short Courses Go to training

The African Institute for Economic Develompent and Planning offers courses and online courses that focus primarily on the fundamentals of economic policy-making, economic management, and development planning that are at the heart of the IDEP mandate. They are organized on a continuing basis and designed to support policy makers, professionals in the public service, and development practitioners.  The courses are open to all development practitioners wishing to build/renew their technical and non-technical capacities but particularly target the younger generation of public sector policy officials in the economic and development ministries. 

Professionals working in legislative support roles in the parliaments of African countries will also be considered for participation in the courses. A strategic component of the short courses are the Institute’s training of trainers sessions, which are convened on a pan-African basis and devoted to  dedicated to training trainers who can use the skills and knowledge they acquire from IDEP to train their colleagues on the job.

Courses include but are not limited to the following:

In-person Courses:

  • Agricultural Policy in Africa
  • International Trade Policy & Trade Negotiations
  • Macroecnomic Modelilng For Sustainble Development Planning
  • Gender-responsive Economic Policy Management
  • Data Analysis For Sustainable Development Planning
  • Industrial Policy in Africa
  • Gender, Trade And Development
  • Training of Trainers Workshop on African Regional Integration Index: Its Use for Policy Development and Analysis

Online Courses:

  • Economic Modeling applied to Trade Policy Reforms in Africa
  • Geospatial Information Systems and Planning for Territorial Development
  • The role of e-Commerce in Economic Development
  • Macroecnomic Frameworks for an Inclusive Green Economy Growth in Africa
  • Agricultural Policy in Africa
  • Data Analysis For Sustainable Development Planning
  • Fiscal Policy for Financing Sustainble Development in Africa


Natural Resource Governance and Development: Policies and Practice Go to training

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and NADEL Centre for Development and Cooperation are now accepting applications for the advanced course: "Natural Resource Governance and Development: Policies and Practice."

This advanced-level multi-stakeholder course is open to exceptional leaders from government, civil society, parliaments, media, international development agencies, industry associations as well as academics, researchers, and analysts from universities and thinks tanks.

The main goal is to introduce analytical tools of political economy to enhance understanding of the crucial impact of politics and power on policy outcomes. Each part of the course will include interactive lectures, group discussions, and practical skill-building workshops or policy labs, as well as guest presentations by leading experts.

Topics that will be covered in the 2020 course include:
• Discovery and allocation of resource rights
• The political economy of natural resource extraction
• Fiscal regimes and taxation
• Managing natural resource revenues and investment
• State-Owned Companies governance
• Environmental and social impacts of extraction
• Corruption and accountability


The course will take place at 15.6.2020 - 23.6.2020 at NADEL, ETH Zurich. Switzerland. The application closes on the 31st of March 2020.

The course fee is USD 3135. Lunches and coffee breaks during the course will be provided, as well as a welcome and farewell dinner. You also have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one clinics in the evening with the present experts to discuss individual challenges the course participants are facing.

Edumine Online Courses Go to training

Edumine Online Courses

Edumine offers professional development on-demand training courses as well as live webinars ranging from introduction level to specialized/technical deep dives. 

Location of trainings: Online

Topics covered: Training topics include overviews of the mining industry/terminology, practical tools for sustainble relationships in mining, financial modelling, indigeneity concepts and context, and much more. See the full list here.

Types of trainings: Short courses (provided in English (and a select few in Spanish and French).

For the monthly schedule see here.