Message from the Director - The power of networks
More than 1600 participants from over 50 countries have now participated in 65 IM4DC short courses, workshops and study tours since IM4DC was established in October 2011.
IM4DC alumni make up a potentially powerful network of current and emerging leaders in all facets of mining for development. Our work in supporting developing countries to build sustainable minerals and energy sectors goes further than simply running courses, however.
It also includes partnerships with institutions, research into mining and development issues, fellowships to facilitate experiential learning and collaborations, publications on Australian practice and advisory services for governments.
Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.
IM4DC program for 2014-15
As of 1 July 2014, IM4DC is implementing its 12 month program for the 2014-15 year. As for previous years, the program is centred on short courses and workshops, integrated with action research, institutional partnerships, fellowships, advisory services and the IM4DC Alumni network.
The aim is to support developing countries to transform their extractive resource endowment into inclusive and sustainable economic growth and social development.
Women in Mining Latin America - A gender lens on the industry
On 12 April 2014, the new Women in Mining and Resources in Latin America (WIMLATAM) forum, auspiced by the Disandes International Foundation, conducted the first round of workshops entitled ‘A gender lens in the industry
The workshops were held in Viña del Mar, Chile, in the margins of the annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment. As part of the workshops, a methodological guide was developed for ‘integration of a gender lens’ into the workplace, worker participation and into social impact.
Photo: IM4DC Director, Ian Satchwell presents to the WIMLATAM Forum.
University of Zambia visit to UQ and IM4DC
A high level delegation from IM4DC partner, the University of Zambia visited The University of Queensland and IM4DC in June 2014.
The Vice Chancellor Professor S. Simukanga, in the company of the Dean of the School of Mines Dr O. Sikazwe, and the Head of the Department of Metallurgy and Mineral Processing Dr J. Masinja, travelled to Brisbane to discuss opportunities for collaborative research and teaching.
Photo: (left to right) IM4DC Deputy Director, Robins Evans and Vice Chancellor, Professor S Simukanga, The University of Zambia.
Kimberley Process Study Tour
Australia’s approach to the Kimberley Process will be the subject of an IM4DC study tour in September 2014. The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. Invited government officials and civil society representatives from countries will shadow the official Kimberley Process Australia Review Visit, which will examine how Australia has implemented the process. The last Review Visit was in 2007.
In Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (coordinator), Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Import Authority) and the Department of Industry (Export Authority) work collaboratively to ensure the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is implemented efficiently and correctly.
IM4DC Fellows examine geoscience, environmental impacts and safety management themes
Four current IM4DC Fellows are undertaking extended activities in Australia to conduct research and build knowledge in key aspects of mining for development.
Kwame Boamah and Rosemary Okla of the Geological Survey Department of Ghana are working at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (UWA and Curtin University) to enhance understanding of the neoproterozoic of Ghana with emphasis on establishing the correlation between mineral occurrence and geologic/ tectonic history of the Neoproterozoic, which covers about 40 per cent of Ghana.
Water in Mining Summer School in Colombia
During June 2014, IM4DC supported a two-week Summer School on 'Water in Mining' hosted by Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia.
It is part of the Los Andes' program of Summer Schools covering topics of national importance to Colombia. Large scale mining in Colombia looks set to expand dramatically and the technical and social challenges of water management are at the forefront of industry and government concerns over capacity.
Photo: Participants during a lecture at the Water in Mining Summer School.
African Mining and Agriculture Symposium
Selected mining, agriculture, health and public policy alumni from the Australia Awards, AAPF and IM4DC programs will participate in the African Mining and Agriculture Symposium to be held in Uganda in October 2014.
The symposium, From Resource Curse to Development Drive,
will be presented by the Australian Government and provides an opportunity for alumni to contribute to the development agenda for mining and agriculture in Africa.
Australian geoscience practice guide released
IM4DC has released a new Australian practice guide: Management of Public Geoscience Data
, prepared by Professor Margaretha Scott and Malcolm Jones of the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre, at The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute.
The guide considers the provision and management of public geoscience data in Australia and its role in sustaining the mineral and energy sector.
Photo: IM4DC guides.
Costs of company-community conflict in the extractive sector
The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland (UQ), and the Harvard Kennedy School have published new research that has uncovered the true scale of costs companies incur when they come into conflict with local communities.
The research identifies conflict as a further means through which environmental and social risks are translated into business costs and decision making.
This section highlights events presented by other organisations that may be of interest to mining for development practitioners.
Australia Africa Update 2014: Promoting academic, business and government links
What: The Africa Update 2014 is a proposed extension of two initiatives: The Africa Update Conference held last year in Canberra, and the Australian African Universities Network (AAUN) event, also held in Sydney in 2013.