Strong governing institutions ensure industry benefits are broad-based and transformative. The Foundation assists national and local governments to build capacity to provide regulatory oversight, manage resource revenues and develop strategic economic development plans.


Ecuador, a long standing oil and gas producer, has recently been developing a modern mining sector. This requires national and local governments to expand capacity to provide regulatory oversight over the mining sector and plan for resource related revenues.

The Foundation has partnered with the Centre for Industry Development and and Mining (CIMA) and the Technical University of Loja ( UTPL) to launch Ecuador's first university accredited courses related to Mining and the Environment, Journalism and Planning. The programs incorporate world-class curriculum via the Edumine training platform as well as in-person instruction from local regulatory experts and mine site visits.

Professional Certificate in Environment and Mining

The certificate program is targeted at enhancing existing capacity among public servants responsible for overseeing modern mining activities, and managing egulatory and environmental requirements in support of a sustainable mining sector. Students gain foundational knowledge on the basics of modern mining, the Ecuadorian mining frame work, and responsible mining practices. It also offers specialization in three areas: Managing Social Impact, Environment and Biodiversity, and Geology.  To date, over 129 staff from the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Mines have participated in the certificate programs with the graduation of the first cohort planned for October2016.

Media and journalist training at CIMA.

Media and journalist training at CIMA.

Professional Certificate in Journalism and Mining

A nation's media plays an important role in ensuring the public are accurately informed and aware of key issues of national importance. The Professional Certificate in Journalism and Mining was launched to build the capacity of journalists, media outlets and key ministries to understand the basics of modern mining, responsible mining practices and the Ecuadorian mining code in the context of reporting and journalism.  Thirty journalists from national and local media outlets are enrolled in the course, with the first graduation taking place in November 2016.


In Ecuador, the local government plays an important role in managing the benefits and issues arising from resource development. The Professional Certificate in Sustainability and Local Planning targets three local governments in the province of Zamora Chinchipe: Municipality of Yantzaza and communities of Los Encuentros and Chicana. The ten month program is focused on building local government capacity to plan and implement public investment projects or public-private partnerships in support of local development goals.  In addition to the certificate program, the Foundation will provide further technical assistance to directly support the three governments in designing, implementing and evaluating public investments in the local areas. Thirty public servants will participate in the inaugural program set to launch in November 2016.


PETRAD Scholarships

In support of Kenya’s recent oil and gas discoveries, the Foundation has supported representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) to attend training at PETRAD in Stavanger, Norway. The program trains existing or emerging leaders within national ministries or national oil companies, who are re­sponsible for regulatory development and administrative control over the upstream petroleum sector.  Since 2013, the Foundation has supported 7 individuals from Kenya to attend the 8 –Week program in Stavanger.  

Michael Kinyua, a Petroleum Engineer at the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) attended the PETRAD training in 2013. Since then, he has been nominated by the NOCK to be part of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee tasked with reviewing the past Petroleum Act and contributing to the updated Kenya Petroleum Bill 2014, Production Sharing Contract and Regulations. 

Ms. Lilian Waweru is the Legal Counsel for NOC, responsible for drafting and negotiating legal agreements on behalf of NOCK and reviewing regulatory requirements. Since attending the 2015 PETRAD training, Ms. Waweru has been a member of an Inter-Ministerial Committee formed by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, which review the existing Legal, Policy and Regulatory Framework within the energy and petroleum sector in Kenya.

I am proud to have contributed immensely to the proposed Petroleum Bill and Production Sharing Contract especially having had the experience of the PETRAD program on the necessity to adopt better framework conditions for any country to be successful in oil and gas resources management.
— Michael Kinya, Petroleum Engineer, National Oil Corporation of Kenya, 2013 Scholarship Recipient


Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (cirdi)

Developing country governments and stakeholders everywhere continue to wrestle with how extractives best fit into the pursuit of broad-based economic growth, structural transformation, and poverty alleviation.

CIRDI assists countries to acquire the capacity to properly manage, monitor, and govern the various frameworks that have been developed, and to support the integration of mining and resource development into the national economy.  The Foundation is a strategic partner of CIRDI and the Managing Director sits on the Executive Board.