2024 Summer School on the Governance of Extractives Industries in Anglophone Africa​​​

At COP28, about 197 countries pledged to double energy efficiency, triple renewable energy generation capacity by 2030, and phase out fossil fuels. In the Nairobi Declaration at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit, African leaders committed to accelerating climate-positive growth, strengthening coordination across the continent, and mainstreaming adaptation into their policies.

Several African nations, including South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Uganda, have taken a preliminary step towards a clean energy future by adopting energy transition frameworks. The growing interest in clean energy coincides with the increasing demand for minerals crucial for clean energy technologies. This trend justifies the Africa Union’s current initiative to develop a Green Mineral Strategy for Africa. 

The energy transition offers both socioeconomic and environmental benefits for countries that can strategically position themselves. These opportunities are accessible to those who can leverage their abundant critical mineral resources and those capable of fostering the development and deployment of innovative technologies. However, corruption risks and governance challenges could potentially threaten these positive outcomes.  To seize the opportunities and manage the risks, resource-rich African countries must adopt appropriate economic policies that integrate the requirements of the energy transition. These policies must ensure a transparent and inclusive governance of the sector.

The Anglophone Africa Extractive Industries Knowledge Hub (AFREIKH) aims to bridge knowledge gaps in the energy and extractive sectors in Africa through training and capacity building to improve effective extractive sector governance. This year, the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) and Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) will host the one-week intensive summer school on extractive industries governance in Accra, Ghana.

This intensive summer school will convene extractive sector stakeholders across Anglophone Africa to delve into the critical issues, challenges, and evolving landscape of Africa’s extractive industries, while navigating the ongoing energy transition. Participants will also gain practical insights by attending the Future of Energy Conference (FEC), which offers a platform to explore innovative solutions and strategies for a sustainable energy future for Africa.

Course Fees
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This training session aims at equipping actors with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to improve the quality of their interventions and their ability to positively influence the transparent and responsible management of natural resources in Africa. 

The summer school primarily targets Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), media organizations, as well government actors committed to promoting good governance in extractive industries in their countries.

Upon completion of the program, participants become part of a vibrant and dynamic alumni network, where they continue to receive guidance and opportunities for professional development.

This network serves as a platform for ongoing learning, exchange of ideas, and collective action to advance good governance in the management of extractive industries in Africa.

To be eligible for this training program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a current position with a key institution that has an interest in the energy and extractive sector governance. These institutions may include parliament, academia, civil society organizations, or media outlets.
  2. Possess a minimum of three years of demonstrable work experience within the oil, gas, mining, or energy sectors in their respective countries.
  3. Demonstrate a strong interest in and understanding of policy and governance issues related to natural resources, specifically within the oil and gas, mining, power, and energy transition.
  4. Be able to commit to and participate in the entirety of the training program.
  5. Possess a strong understanding and working knowledge of the English language.

The course fee is $2500, which includes training fees, accommodation, meals, and other expenses. This fee does not cover flight expenses. Limited scholarships are accessible.

The courses will cover topics such as the regulatory and legal framework of natural resource governance, mining and oil taxation, energy transition and domestic resource mobilization, transition mineral governance, revenue management and socio-environmental impact to name a few.

Scholarships, whether full or partial, may be granted to select participants following application reviews. Due to the limited availability of scholarships, we urge applicants to pursue funding options for their attendance. 

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is Friday, June 7, 2024

For any application challenges or queries related to participation in the summer school, please direct your inquiries to cgofori@acep.africa or info@acep.africa.