Record Number of Participants Attend GPA’s Advanced Course on Reversing the Resource Curse

May 8, 2017

Seventy participants from four continents are participating in a two-week advanced course, which examines the political economy of governance in resource-rich states, to explore how it impacts domestic policy debates and practice.

The course uses the Natural Resource Charter, a set of economic principles for governments and societies on how to best manage the opportunities created by natural resources to promote development, as its primary intellectual framework.

This is the fifth course that SPP’s Global Policy Academy has organized in partnership with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) since 2013. These courses gather exceptional leaders from government, civil society, parliaments, media, international development agencies, industry associations as well as academics, researchers, and analysts from universities and think tanks.

In her welcoming remarks, SPP Acting Dean Julia Buxton commented that the goals of the course supported many of the same principles that CEU is now fighting to protect: the notion of an open society, accountability, and transparency. Patrick Heller, who directs NRGI’s legal and economic program team, echoed Buxton’s remarks noting that CEU is under pressure because of the goals it stands for – goals that NRGI seeks to promote in all of its work: strong analysis, evidence-based decisions, bringing diverse views together to get better public policy, and a strong emphasis on accountability. “On behalf of NRGI, we stand with CEU,” said Heller.