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E-Learning Course: Local content policies


IGF offers training and capacity-building workshops as well as advisory services to its member governments on the design and implementation of local content policies. Those activities are organized at the request of our developing countries’ governments.

To provide additional support and to prepare our members for more in-depth technical workshops, IGF provides an e-learning course of eight modules on the basic steps needed to design and implement various types of local content policies, as contained in the Guidance for Governments: Local content policies, available in English and French.

The e-learning platform is free and can be accessed anywhere an Internet connection is available.

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By the end of the eight e-learning modules, participants will have a good understanding of the different types of local content policies and the array of instruments that can be used to implement the policies.

Participants will have gained skills in identifying and applying concepts, approaches, and tools to improve the use of local content policies in their countries.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the four steps that must be followed when designing local content policies.
  • Understand and explain the key objectives, definitions, and concepts used when formulating local content policies.
  • Identify the scope and coverage of local content policies and what policy areas fall under these types of policies.
  • Understand the key conditions necessary for successful policy design.
  • Understand different types of regulatory instruments and accompanying measures available to implement local content policies.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of each type of instrument.
  • Appreciate international experience based on successes and failures.

Content and Structure of the Training

Module 1 provides an overview of the topic and our work, while Modules 2–8 provide a detailed explanation of how to use the guidance. Each module clarifies the overall policy objectives and provides key definitions and concepts related to each type of local content policy. The modules then take the participants through the key considerations and conditions that need to be in place for successful policy design. They further introduce the different types of policy instruments available, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses and drawing lessons from international experience. At the end of each module, participants are invited to take a self-assessment test to test their knowledge gained through the courses.

Learn more details about each module by expanding their descriptions below.

  • Module 1: An introduction to the IGF Guidance for Governments: Local content policies
    • This module takes participants through the step-by-step approach described in the IGF Guidance for Governments: Local content policies. It explains what the guidance is about and how to use it. It also covers the case studies giving an overview of international experiences on local content policies.
  • Module 2: Local procurement
    • This module delves into the details of local procurement policies in the mining sector, taking participants through the different steps of the decision-making process for designing local procurement policies. Regulatory measures and their respective strengths and weaknesses are explained. Module 2 suggests some accompanying measures that may be necessary for successful local procurement policies and highlights international best practices.
  • Module 3: Direct employment
    • This module explores local content policies as a way to stimulate direct employment and promote skills development for the local workforce. It is meant to help trainees clarify the objectives of employment policies, identify demand-side and supply-side policy instruments that governments can consider when designing employment-related local content policies, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each type of instrument. Key elements of success, as well as best practices, are highlighted.
  • Module 4: Downstream linkages
    • This module relates to measures aimed to encourage diversification within the mining sector by adding value to the proceeds of mineral extraction, notably to serve as inputs to other manufacturing sectors. This module looks at the pre-requisites needed for successful downstream policies, examines the various types of policy instruments and accompanying measures that could be developed, assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the policy instruments, and learns lessons from international experience.
  • Module 5: Horizontal linkages
    • This module relates local content policies aimed at other or new economic sectors using the skills, capabilities, and infrastructure developed by the mining sector. This module explores two types of linkages, namely (i) infrastructure-led linkages, which refer to ways and means of better leveraging various types of infrastructure developed by or for the mining sector, and (ii) capabilities-led linkages, such as inputs, technologies, or skills developed for the mining sector that could also serve broader economic objectives. For each type of linkage, the module explores the various regulatory instruments that could be used and points to their respective strengths and weaknesses. It also highlights lessons that can be drawn from international practices.
  • Module 6: Local ownership
    • This module focuses on building domestic capacity for fostering national mining firms. The module can support governments’ policies to increase ownership from the domestic private sector, increase its participation in the management of mining activities, and/or create state-owned enterprises and national champions. Module 6 explores different types of instruments that can help meet those objectives and assesses their respective strengths and weaknesses. It also draws on international practices.
  • Module 7: Trade and investment frameworks
    • Governments designing local content policies must be aware that policy space to undertake local content policies may have been constrained as a result of legal commitments taken at the multilateral and bilateral levels. This module looks at limits and flexibilities under the multilateral trading system as set by the rules of the World Trade Organization and at legal commitments taken at the bilateral level, notably through the signing of bilateral investment treaties and free trade areas.
  • Module 8: Technological changes and innovation
    • With advances in technological changes and innovations, mining activities of the future may offer limited local content opportunities. This module covers technological trends and their potential impacts on local content policies. It poses questions regarding alternative or new forms that local content may be taking in the future if traditional forms are no longer relevant, given technological adoption.


This self-paced course promotes a dynamic approach through lessons and other reading materials, case studies, and expert papers aimed at stimulating critical thinking. It provides flexibility since participants can complete the course at their own pace. Contents and self-assessment questions are practice-oriented and designed for self-learning. Participants will also learn through practical examples and best practices across the world.

Targeted Audience

Although IGF’s Guidance for Governments: Local content policies is targeted to government officials and policy-makers, the e-learning tool is open to anyone interested in learning about local content, including representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, students, non-mining professional, academics, and private sector professionals.

Register for free today to begin completing our e-learning training on local content policies.