A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development

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altTwenty-four participants from 14 countries in Africa took part in the Virtual Institute workshop on the "Teaching and Research of Natural Resources and Economic Development" held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 12 -16.

Organized in cooperation with the UNCTAD Special Unit on Commodities, the Norwegian Oil for Development Initiative, and Vi member, the University of Dar es Salaam Business School, the workshop was funded by the Government of Norway. 
 
Based on the Vi teaching materials on commodities and the two new modules on "Mining and Economic Development" and "Oil/Gas and Economic Development," the main objectives of the workshop were: 
 
  • To enhance participants' knowledge and understanding of the linkages between natural resources and economic growth and the policies needed to harness oil, gas and minerals for development;
  • To provide opportunities for participants to strengthen their analytical skills in this area, including the identification of topical policy-oriented research questions and methodologies that could be used to address them;
  • To discuss how to integrate the teaching material and other workshop elements into participants' future teaching and research;
  • To discuss how to use the teaching material and methodologies presented at the workshop to assess current policies and design new ones;
  • To facilitate and enhance communication between academics and policymakers.

Participants found the five-day course useful for improving the quality of their courses and for advancing on their research agendas.

 
“The workshop gave me a focused appreciation of various issues related to natural resources which I will use in my teaching work at the university," said Edward Chisakulo, of Copperbelt University in Zambia. "It also gave me insights into understanding policy issues and how to develop links with policymakers.”

“Many of us will take it up from the workshop outcomes and experience to extend our research and career potential to the next level,” added Benard Musekese Wabukala, of Vi Ugandan member, the Makerere University Business School in Kampala.
 
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