Twenty-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.
- 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.”