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World Bank Local Content Development Community of Practice looking for new members

Dear GOXI-Community,


The World Bank is currently beta-testing its Community of Practice (CoP) on Local Content Development for Extractive Industries. The creation of this CoP responds to the strong demand for such a platform expressed by the participants of the 2013 World Bank Conference on Local Content Development in Vienna. We are currently looking for new members, especially policy makers.


The CoP aims to connect government officials, private sector representatives, academics, civil society members, donors, practicioners, and employees of multi-lateral organizations to share and create knowledge around local content development in the extractive industries. It is a one stop shop for current debates, peer to peer-exchange, events and critical research that will allow you to deliver better results. Our vision is to build an active forum for mutually beneficial knowledge exchange enabling experts worldwide to design and implement best practice local content solutions.


Our next eDiscussion will start on June 1st on the topic of How to approach demand analysis to identify local procurement opportunities and support local procurement planning and will be led by Rupert Barnard, Group Managing Director at Kaiser Associates Economic Development Partners, Capetown/South Africa. Previous eDiscussions focussed on expectation management throughout the price cycle, access to finance, and skills development.


To kick-start the plattform, engage new members and establish it as a prominent forum for collaboration, we are looking for active members to help us build, test and develop it. While the World Bank hosts the site, only the content generated by its members will fill it with life. We therefore count on the participation of stakeholders like your organization to support the CoP by sharing experiences, leading or participating in topical discussions, designing training courses, and building a talent and project market place.


If you are interested in joining our Community, please send an email to our Community Manager Nils (nhandler@worldbank.org) with a short paragraph on your professional background and expertise (topical/geographical/oil & gas vs. mining), as well as your expected contribution to the CoP such as what topics you could lead a discussion on. At this point we are a closed CoP and carefully select our members.


We are looking forward to your proposals.


Kind regards,


Silvana Tordo, Lead Energy Economist

Kristina Svensson, Senior Mining Specialist

& Nils Handler, Community Manager

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I am interested in joining as a member. Please just check my LinkedIn profile for my professional background and expertise: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aimefranckgomba

Thanks for your interest in our Community of Practice Aime. Could you please specify how exactly your work relates to Local Content Development, i.e. if you have been working in this field in the past? I could not find such information on your LinkedIn-Page.



Dear Nils Handler,

My name is Godwin Onuoha.

I am currently teaching a course titled: The Resource Curse and Development in Africa in Princeton University. I designed the course over two years ago and I would like to transcend the theoretical and conceptual issues related to Local Content Policies to embrace empirical and concrete issues involved in Local Content implementation.

I believe this Community of Practice would be valuable in this regard.

Find attached some of my publications in this regard.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Rgds,

Godwin Onuoha.






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