TERI-ITEC Courses 2012-13 Course VII - Resource security and governance issues: challenges and opportunities

07 Jan 2013 25 Jan 2013
Dr Shilpi Kapur
RETREAT, Gual Pahari ,


TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)/ Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP), government of India, for this programme. Under the programme, eight courses are being offered for the year 2012-13. These are: Integrated approach towards sustainable development, applications of biotechnology and its regulation, designing and implementing solar energy based livelihood projects for rural communities, climate change and sustainability, decentralized energy solutions-planning and implementation, trade and sustainable development, resource security and governance issues, challenges and opportunities, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Each individual course is a three-week long residential programme conducted in India, attended by participants from other developing countries. The courses are designed to meet the needs of senior and mid-level government and non-government officials from ITEC/SCAAP countries.

Advantages of attending the course

  • Increased understanding of various dimensions of each course;
  • Development of practical knowledge through demonstrations and field visits; and
  • Wider exposure to India as the course lectures are complemented by study tours.

Course eligibility


Bachelor's/Master's degree in any discipline; work experience of 2 years

Number of participants - 30

Course details

TERI's Resource and Development Economics Area is offering a three-week training programme on Resource security and governance: Issues, challenges and opportunities ' under the aegis of the India technical and economic cooperation programme of the ministry of external affairs of the government of India. The programme will be conducted at TERI Gram, Gurgaon and Delhi.

Resource security and governance issues around it have been at the centre of policy debates as well environmental justice movements. Complexity of issues presented around international politics, global development projects, and emerging debates such as international carbon regimes continue to present to decision makers and the knowledge community multifarious challenges. Such a course will be designed to unpack some of key issues related to and around resource security. The course will also impart knowledge pertaining to tools that would help inform decision-making.

Sensitization of the participants on the issues, and challenges pertaining to resource security and governance including possible opportunities to address these with emphasis on sectors: minerals and metals, energy and water. The course also looks at the various cross-cutting themes identified across these sectors which include measuring resource security, linkages with other nontraditional security, geopolitical risks and ecological conflicts, and socioeconomic impacts (including gender). The main objective will be to contribute to the vision of South-South cooperation.

Apart from TERI's in-house experts, some of the leading Indian experts on these issues will join the programme as resource persons. The programme is likely to be attended by government officials and academics, as well as NGO officials from several developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Besides classroom lectures, participants will be taken for field visits and the programme will provide a huge opportunity for lateral learning and in getting connected with people from other developing countries.

Tentative syllabus:

The issues that will be looked at under this programme have been categorized broadly into 5 modules.

Module 1: Introduction to Resource security

  • General overview
  • Assessment frameworks
  • Linkages between traditional and non-traditional security
  • Resource security and sustainability
  • Issues and implications for developing countries

Module 2: Governance Mechanisms and Resource Security

  • Introduction to resource governance (existing situation and mechanisms: national and international)
  • Aspects of resource governance (equity, transparency, accountability)
  • Challenges to the governance of trans boundary Resources (national and international)
  • Initiatives (national and international) on Trans boundary resource management
  • Revenue sharing, compensation and resource Security
  • Strengthening mechanisms for resource governance

Module 3: Sectoral Analysis (non-fuel minerals and metal sector, energy sector including fuel minerals, water sector)

  • Demand and supply assessment
  • Geo-politics and resource security
  • Market and non-market instruments for addressing resource security
  • Recycling of metals
  • Economics of Water (including virtual water) and Institutional Reform
  • Water use efficiency and sustainable management of water
  • Policy and governance: issues and options
  • Case studies of good practices

Module 4: Key cross-cutting issues

  • Measuring resource security
  • Pricing of natural resources
  • Global markets and trade in resources
  • Food-Water-Energy Security Interlinkages
  • Socio-economic implications - benefits and burden sharing (including gender)
  • Resource security and climate change

Module 5: Study visits , Group exercises and practical sessions

  • Tools and techniques for undertaking survey of mining areas and site visit to understand the nature & complexity of issues
  • Water related visit: To Alwar
  • Cultural exposure: visit to Delhi Haat?

Documentary Screening/ Movie screening (Blood Diamond? Aftershocks?)



The cost of the course, travel, and stay of the selected participant will be borne by ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India).

Application procedure

Fill up the ITEC/SCAAP Application form and submit it to respective nodal government department/agency designated to nominate candidates. The nodal department/agency will, in turn, forward the applications to the Embassy/High Commission of India.

The selected participants would be informed by the Indian Embassies of the respective ITEC/SCAAP countries.

ITEC Website


Hostel accommodation for the participants would be arranged at the TERI Retreat or at TERI University.

TERI Retreat is a training complex located a mere 35-minute driving distance from the heart of Delhi in Gual Pahari, Gurgaon. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, this 36-hectare training complex is a perfect example of sustainable, green, and productive habitat created through application of scientific methods and technique.

For further information, please contact

ITEC Coordinator Course Coordinator
Mr Anandajit Goswami
Coordinator, TERI-Africa
Centre for Global Agreements, Leg. & Trade
Resources, Regulation, and Global Security Division
The Energy and Resources Institute
Darbari Seth Block, IHC, Lodhi Road
New Delhi, India
Tel. +91-11-2468 2100, 4150 4900
Fax +91-11-2468 2144, 2468 2145
E-mail: anandjit@teri.res.in
Dr Shilpi Kapur
Associate Fellow
Resource and Development Economics
Resources, Regulation & Global Security Division
The Energy and Resources Institute
Darbari Seth Block, IHC, Lodhi Road
New Delhi, India
Tel. +91-11-2468 2100, 4150 4900
Fax +91-11-2468 2144, 2468 2145
E-mail: shilpi.kapur@teri.res.in
Contact Details

Dr Shilpi Kapur
Associate Fellow
Resource and Development Economics
Resources, Regulation & Global Security Division
The Energy and Resources Institute
Darbari Seth Block, IHC, Lodhi Road
New Delhi, India
Tel. +91-11-2468 2100, 4150 4900
Fax +91-11-2468 2144, 2468 2145
E-mail: shilpi.kapur@teri.res.in

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