ISLP’s Director for Sustainable Development moderates session on Natural Resource-based Development


Katerina Drisi, ISLP’s Director for Sustainable Development, attended the Seventh Plenary Meeting of the Policy Dialogue on Natural-Resource-based Development, organized by the OECD Development Centre and G7 CONNEX Initiative in Paris, to moderate a session on the Terms of Reference Template for Recruiting External Advisers. 


As part of the OECD Strategy on Development adopted in May 2012, the Policy Dialogue offers an intergovernmental platform for peer learning and knowledge sharing where OECD and non-OECD producing countries, in consultation with extractive industries, civil society organisations and think tanks, can craft innovative and collaborative solutions for resource-based development. The Policy Dialogue also has relevance on international processes such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the G7 CONNEX Initiative, the G20 Development Working Group and the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.


Session panelists included Mr. Nava Touré, Adviser to the Guinean Minister of Mines and Geology, Ms. Susan Maples, attorney at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, and Mr. Boris Dolgonos, partner at Jones Day and ISLP Board Director.


During the session the panelists discussed criteria that make an external advisor valuable to government including trust and effective collaboration with local counsel, as well as the difficulty of managing potential conflicts that arise as a result of responsibilities to the government client and commitment to a donor organization. Given the need to identify and engage external advisors regarding urgent matters, the panelists also discussed ways to simplify the procurement process for hiring these advisors, while reaffirming the importance of capacity building in the context of engagement with government.`


Please refer to the OECD for more information on the Policy Dialogue for Natural Resource-based Development.