Past events: 2015

                                         Photo: Eivind Oskarson (OGC)

Workshop: Extractive Industries and Conflict Prevention

OGC along with UNDP’s Conflict Prevention Team and the Sustainable Development cluster hosted a full day workshop on Extractive Industries and Conflict Prevention on 17 November, 2015 in Oslo with the aim of deepening a shared understanding, exploring synergies and identifying areas for action on how to enhance the role of the extractive industries in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.

The event attended by representatives from key UN agencies engaged in this work, IFIs and other multilateral organisations, governments, industry bodies, company representatives, think tanks and research organisations, and NGOs explored how extractives could be either a blessing or a curse, boosting development or causing conflict, depending on how such industries are managed. The day saw several country examples and initiatives that deepened the knowledge and understanding of participants on this issue including from Norway (Oil for Development Programme) and the Latin American context and country case of Peru. The event was followed online by participants from 18 countries and reaction captured on social media. Following this event, there was also a full day internal UNDP reflection attended by UNDP representatives  from HQ, Regional Hubs and Country Offices on shaping and refining UNDP’s offer in this area. The full event recording for 17 November is available on OGC's YouTube channel here


Please click on the links for more information.

Theme 1: Unpacking the issues - extractive industry related conflict 

Governance and the resource curse: Inadequate legal frameworks and weak institutions (Charles Abiodun Alao, Professor of African Studies, School of Global Affairs, King's College London).

Environmental grievances along the Extractive Industries Value Chain (Dag Seierstad, Programme Management Officer, Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding, Extractive resources and Environmental Change, United Nations Environment Programme).

Mineral extraction as a source of finance of conflict (Michael Gibb, Campaign Leader, Conflict Resources Team, Global Witness).

Country perspective
 (Rebecca Arias, Director, Panama Regional Hub, UNDP Latin-America and the Caribbean).

Theme 2: Moving towards preventing conflicts and promoting peaceful societies

Institutionalizing dialogue
 (Luis Francisco Thais, Gerente Proyecto Prevencion de Conflictos con el Uso de Recursos Naturales, UNDP Peru).

Revenue and benefit sharing arrangements as a conflict prevention tool
 (Siri Rustad, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)). 

Transparent and effective management of revenues
 (Pablo Valverde, Country Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)).

The role of women in preventing extractive industry conflicts
 (Caroline Ngonze, Programme Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, UNDP).

Theme 3: Effective industry, government, and civil society engagement on conflict prevention

Conflict-sensitivity in extractive sector operations (Seema Joshi, Head of Business and Human Rights, Amnesty International, Secretariat).

The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights as a conflict prevention instrument? (Bennet Freeman, Consultant, former lead of the Sustainability Research Department, Calvert Investments).

Global Compact’s work with the Business for Peace (Tiina Mylly, Manager Business for Peace, UN Global Compact).

How Companies are affected by the cost of conflict (Daniel Franks Programme Manager, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, UNDP).

Oil for Development (Ingunn Kroksnes, Senior Advisor, Oil for Development Section, Norad).


Workshop: Politics and Governance: Making Development Cooperation More Effective in Fragile Contexts

                        Photo: Eivind Oskarson (OGC)

UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre along with Norad and the OECD-DAC Development Cooperation Directorate organized a half – day seminar on 28 October on how to work more effectively in countries affected by fragility. This event explored multiple but inter-connected questions relating to the challenges of thinking and working politically in development cooperation and operationalizing country context knowledge into programmatic work. It also addressed governance issues in sector work and explored the impact of governance structures and the political economy of development organisations.  With sessions chaired by OGC and Norad, and presentations from OECD, BBC Media Action and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there was focus on how the changing nature of accessing information, role of media and people’s capacity to communicate was influencing development cooperation. The event also saw the launch of the OECD-DAC GOVNET Governance practitioner’s notebook on ‘Alternative Ideas and Approaches’  in which expert commentators speak on the major governance issues facing today’s practitioners. This event came against the backdrop of Norway consolidating development cooperation efforts especially in its focus countries and UNDP adopting an integrated approach to building inclusive societies and sustaining peace through democratic governance and conflict prevention.

Seminar: The Sustainable Development Goals & Human Rights

                      Photo: Eivind Oskarson (OGC)

The UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) organized a seminar on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Human Rights on 23 October, 2015.

This seminar, attended by a large and diverse gathering, showcased presentations from Norad, NCHR, the Danish Institute for Human Rights as well as from Alejandro Alvarez from the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team, UNDP who spoke on implementing Goal 16 and the challenges and opportunities it presented. Sarah Lister, Director of UNDP’s OGC welcomed the participants and spoke about how this event responded to the wider question of how and to what extent it was possible to integrate a human rights approach in the new global goals. The event and lively exchange that followed explored the design and implementation of the SDGs and the potential relationship with human rights and SDG 16 on governance, peace and inclusion.

OGC organized Webinar: ‘Knowledge: the new inequality and governance challenge for the Global Goals?’

OGC and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex organized a webinar on 22 October 2015, addressing the central question of how whether and how knowledge is the new inequality and governance challenge for the SDGs. This webinar was organised against the backdrop of the recent IDS publication (March 2015): ‘The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development.

Attended by 64 online participants it provided the opportunity to hear about knowledge sharing and its potential impact on people’s lives and how it was likely to contribute to or damage development agendas over the next 15 years. Both the positive and negative implications that an increasingly digital world hold for achieving global development goals were discussed and the case made for greater attention to be paid to these on the part of the international community especially in relation to democratic governance, institutional accountability, responsiveness and transparency. The full recording of this event is available on the OGC YouTube channel here.

Interactive presentation and webinar: Innovation: Game changer for better governance?

14 September 2015, Oslo. UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and the Development Impact Group organised an interactive presentation on the potential for innovation in developmental work and particularly for governance related initiatives where the primary motivation has been on exploring and applying innovative models for improving impact and generating greater results with limited resources. Presented during the event were interesting paradigms, partners and methods. The full recording of this event is available on the OGC YouTube channel here.

For more information on how important partnerships are to our work click here

Opening of the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre

 From left: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway.

The renewed UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) was officially opened on the 12th June 2015 in Oslo by the Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, and UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark. During the opening and in the presence of high level invitees from UNDP and outside, keynote speeches were given on the role of governance and peacebuilding in supporting sustainable development, particularly in countries in transition.

In addition, the first Oslo Governance and Peacebuilding Dialogue took place, opened by Helen Clark, in the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. This first Dialogue was on 'Measuring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: promoting peaceful and inclusive societies'. It focused on the importance to post-conflict and transitional societies of measuring progress on SDG 16 which aims to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’.

Watch the recording of events on YouTube

June 2015

UNDP Around the world