New MOOC: Mining for development - The taxation linkage
- Wits University
Wits University has added a new course to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Starting in October, the course, Mining for development: The taxation linkage, is aimed at public policy makers, decision makers in private sector companies, and activists.
Tax revenues are likely to be the core benefit of mineral extraction for host States. To promote mining for development, States must design mineral fiscal regimes that consider the interests of a wide range of stakeholders. Their choices have major implications for public finance, development and sustainability.
This course will help policy makers, managers in private sector companies, and activists understand these choices and their implications.
Learning aims include:
- To identify stakeholders and their interests in mining, development and sustainability
- The costs and benefits associated with the mineral development cycle
- The two key models of extractive development (private-led and neo-extractivism) and their implications for taxing mining
- The concept of mineral resource rents, and the arguments for and against different types of mineral royalty
- Perspectives that are not usually foregrounded in tax debates, such as gender disparities, green fiscal regimes, and transparency initiatives
- The lead academic is Tracy-Lynn Field, Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand.
- The course will run from 7 October 2019 for five weeks.
- Additional information is available at: https://www.edx.org/course/mining-for-development-the-taxation-linkage
About WitsX on edX
In 2014 Wits University became the first African University to partner with edX, the online learning destination founded by MIT and Harvard to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) to a global learning audience.
To date more than 70 000 students have enrolled on the WitsX platform that has 11 courses on offer. A 12th course will be added in December 2019, and three more are in development.