Call for participants. Advanced course on Governance of natural resources

“Governance of Natural Resources”

Advanced Course

Co-organized by CEGEMI and IOB

From Monday 10 till Friday 14 December

Organized in Bukavu (Centre Amani)



The course will give insight into the governance of natural resources, drawing on different disciplines and theoretical approaches. We will discuss the management of renewable and non-renewable resources in a globalized world, the associated governance problems (e.g. tragedy of the commons, conflict minerals), and the different forms of solutions to these problems that are proposed at the local, national and global level. These will be illustrated with applications on the governance of forest resources, mineral resources, water resources and land resources in DR Congo and other SSA countries.

Course content

The following topics will be part of the course:

  1. Natural resource curses and tragedies: core economic principles (Prof. Dr. Marijke Verpoorten, IOB)
  2. Governance of mineral resources: a global production network approach (Prof. Dr. Sara Geenen, IOB).
  3. Forest governance and the environment-development nexus: a political ecological approach (Catherine Windey, IOB).
  4. Governance of land resources: power and knowledge production in the land governance and grabbing processes (Dr. Emery Mudinga, ISDR)


Learning outcomes

  • Gain insight into the particular governance problems surrounding renewable and non-renewable resources.
  • Gain insight into the different governance solutions proposed for addressing these problems.
  • Gain insight into how these problems and solutions are shaped by global issues (e.g. world trade, climate change, increasing regulation) and are themselves shaping the global-local connection.
  • Gain insight into local and ‘hybrid’ forms of natural resources governance, and power relationships from an actor-oriented perspective


The last day, an open book exam will be organized. In addition, participants will be required to hand in a 5-page assignment by March 30, 2019 in which they apply the course content on a topic of their choice.


Candidates should apply by sending an email to by September, 15, at the latest. They should include their CV (max. 4 pages) and letter of motivation (max. 1 page), and proof of place of residence. The letter can mention a general motivation, but should also mention a concrete (academic) project that the candidate seeks to advance by following the course. The team of lecturers will select the 20 most suitable applications. The other applicants will be on a waiting list. The selection will be communicated by October, 15. The selected applicants will be asked to confirm their participation by October, 31. Lack of confirmation will result in replacement by someone on the waiting list.


  • Location: Bukavu (Centre Amani). Timing: five consecutive days, from 9 am till 5 pm. Lunch and coffee breaks provided.
  • Finances: There is no enrollment fee. There are no per diems. However, selected applicants from outside of Bukavu can be reimbursed for travel costs, upon presenting the receipt and with a maximum of $500. In addition, lodging will be provided for these applicants.
  • The lectures will be in French, but most of the course materials will be in English. English reading skills are required.
  • Selected candidates who attend 80% of sessions, participate in the open book exam, and hand in the assignment, will receive a certificate of attendance.

Preliminary schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-10:30 Verpoorten Windey Verpoorten Windey Open book exam
10:30-11:00 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Verpoorten Windey Verpoorten Windey Open book exam
12:30-13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30-15:00 Geenen Mudinga Geenen Mudinga Open book exam
15:00-15:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Geenen Mudinga Geenen Mudinga Open book exam