Advanced course Governance of Natural Resources

The first edition of the Advanced Course Governance of Natural Resources has been organized from 25 Feb- A March at Centre Amani, Bukavu. The course was attended by 29 participants. The participants included two women, 19 residents of Bukavu, 2 from Kisangani, 3 from Lubumbashi, 1 from Bunia, 1 from Kalehe, 1 from Kinshasa and 1 from Mwenga. Twenty participants are professionally active in a university or research environment, while the others work for NGOs and civil society or human rights organizations, or in public administration. The programme included 4 days of teaching and 1 day of open book exam. After this, participants continue working on a research paper on a topic of their choice, under guidance of one of the lecturers.



Course aim

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/ Papy Bambu, UNIKIS).
  4. Governance of land resources: power and knowledge production in the land governance and grabbing processes (Dr. Emery Mudinga, ISDR)