The OLP is a one year TOT programme primarily designed for carefully selected participants who already have solid understanding of extractive governance issues but are equally seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills to play a more prominent civic oversight role in the sector. The course aims to expand participants’ understanding of the requirements for managing the complexities of the extractive sector of a nation, in terms of the context, process and content of effective resource management. They shall emerge from the course better equipped to contribute to this process and also to confidently apply and impact others and their institutions with the knowledge gained.
The course has been designed with particular consideration to participants who are senior CSO officers or Journalists who are faced with issues concerning extractives. In addition, the course will be relevant for parliamentarians, private sector actors, higher level educators, and professionals with interests related to the extractive sector. Participants should have University/Advance level education (Diploma/Bachelor or higher) and 3 or more years of work experience related to the extractive sector and/or public policy research and advocacy.
The first training programme (Course A) is comprehensive and covers all precepts of the decision chain as a theoretical basis to deepen the general knowledge of the participants
Ghana over the past years has been implementing Local Content Regulations in the mining, oil and gas sectors. The Regulations broadly seeks to promote citizens involvement in extractives and value creation by leveraging extractive industries to the broader non-mineral sectors. Implementations are however challenged hindering effective local participation and more importantly the broader objective of integrating the extractive sector into the wider economy for improved economic growth and development.
In the light of above, the Centre for Extractives and Development, Africa (CEDA) has convene a technical roundtable to discuss key challenges in local content implementation in the extractive sector and to identify priority areas for policy recommendation. The event was held on the 9th of November, 2017. The discussions have fed into two Policy Discussion papers which will be out doored soon to promote public debate on local content and value creation as a strategy for economic development.
Mineral Development Fund (Act 912) Regulation
In 2016, Parliament passed the Mineral Development Law; Act (Act 912) in an attempt to regulate mineral royalties. The MDF Act aims to prioritize financial resources for the direct benefit of mining communities by setting aside a proportion of royalties for local development projects specifically in mining host communities. The Act streamlines and expedites allocation of mineral funds to improve infrastructure development in mining host communities and establishes for the first time, the Mining Community Development Scheme to directly sponsor socio-economic development in communities in which mining operations takes place or which are affected by mining activities with 20% mineral royalty allocation.
But nearly two years after the passage of the law, a number of issues around the MDF Act are still pending, key among them are the
• Establishment of the MDF board.
• Regulations to facilitate implementation and clarify issues
• Establishment and disbursement of the 20% community Development Scheme
Centre for Extractives and Development, Africa (CEDA) with the support of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) under its West African Governance & Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES) have organized a stakeholder’s workshop to:
- Develop a roadmap for the development of the MDF Regulations
- Established a technical working group involving Government, District Assemblies Civil Society, Community and Companies to review various aspects of the law to identify issues for the
The Centre for Extractives and Development, Africa (CEDA) in collaboration with WUSC is conducting training sessions on sub-national mineral revenue management in the Wassa East District and Prestea Huni-Valley District. The purpose of the training is to • Introduce Local government officials and communities to policies, standards and best practices related to subnational mineral revenue management. • Educate district and municipal assembly officials, urban and area council officials, and assembly members on how to ensure transparency and accountability of the mineral development fund • Educate community leaders, CBO’s youth and women groups within the projects scope on how to monitor the Mineral Development Fund.