Applications Invited for Course on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development
SDG Academy


Course on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development

About the Organization:

The SDG Academy is the flagship education platform of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations. They create and curate free, open educational resources on sustainable development and offer them as a global public good. 

About the Course:

Natural resources represent a potentially transformational opportunity to support development but are ultimately finite How do we make the most of them without destroying the planet? In this 12-week course, produced by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the World Bank, learn about efforts to sustainably manage extractive industry investments. You will come to understand the complex and interwoven aspects of natural resource governance and become part of a global movement of citizens and practitioners committed to harnessing the transformational impacts of our natural resources.

This course is for:

  • Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors, such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility or renewable energy – who need a historical context of the extractives industry and its evolution

  • Extractive practitioners, such as those who work in oil, gas and mining, who are interested in making the field more sustainable

  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students studying extractives, environmental science, environmental law, sustainable development, sustainable business and related fields

  • Climate change activists or practitioners looking to understand the balance of sustainable resource use and business investment

What you'll learn:

  • How countries translate natural resource wealth into sustainable development outcomes

  • How governance of extractive industries impact long term economic development

  • The policies necessary for the sustainable management of natural resource wealth

  • Why communication between government, industry, and citizensis critical to sustainable natural resource management


  • Module 1: Challenges and opportunities

  • Module 2: Political economy of natural resources

  • Module 3: Fundamentals of oil, gas, and mining: industry considerations and policy

  • Module 4: Legal overview

  • Module 5: Fiscal regime design and revenue collection

  • Module 6: Anticipating and managing environmental issues

  • Module 7: Community rights

  • Module 8: Artisanal mining

  • Module 9: Revenue management

  • Module 10: Investing in sustainable development: Economic linkages to the extractives sector

  • Module 11: Investing in sustainable development: Looking beyond extractives

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