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May 2015

Message from the Director – Impact and sustainability are what matters most

The mission of IM4DC is to support resource-rich developing countries to transform their extractive resource endowment into inclusive and sustainable economic growth and social development.

Previous editions of eNews have highlighted IM4DC delivery statistics in our three and a half years of existence. IM4DC has met or exceeded most of the KPIs set for it at the launch in October 2011.

The success or otherwise of IM4DC, however, will be judged on the impact of IM4DC activities: what participants and their institutions do with the knowledge and capacity gained though IM4DC activities. What also matters is how these impacts can be sustained and built upon.

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

Mining for Development Alumni Forum and Conference 2015

A total of 148 delegates from 23 countries gathered in Perth, Western Australia last month to hear from IM4DC Alumni global experts, academics, industry and community leaders, to share their knowledge and experiences, discuss critical issues and build networks in mining for development.

The events were the annual Mining for Development Alumni Forum and Conference hosted by IM4DC at UWA. They provided a platform for emerging leaders in mining and development to discuss how benefits can be realised from mining in their various mining, development and national working contexts. 

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Photo: Alumni group photo.

Photo: Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Managing Director/ CEO, Toro Energy Limited speaking at the Empowered Women in Mining Breakfast.

Photo: (left to right) Troy Hey, Executive General Manager - Stakeholder Relations, MMG Limited, Australia; Mwiya Mwandawande, National Coordinator, Extractive Industry Transparency Alliance and Consultant Fair Green Global Project Action Aid, Zambia; and The Hon Joe Sungi, Member of Parliament for Nuku Open and Vice Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Papua New Guinea - Panellists on the Empower Panel. 

Public private partnerships for community development and empowerment workshop

A workshop on public private partnerships for community development and empowerment is part of a collaborative research program between the Directorate General of Minerals and Coal at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) in Indonesia and the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland.

In mid-May, UQ's CSRM, with support from IM4DC, hosted five Indonesian senior officials from MEMR to participate in the workshop in Brisbane. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the Ministry’s capacity to develop evidence-based policies for the MEMR agenda to draft the community development and empowerment aspects of the regulations. 
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Photo: Indonesian Senior Officials taking part in the workshop. 

Resource conservation workshop in Indonesia

IM4DC is partnering with the Indonesian Education and Training Center for Minerals and Coal to present a workshop in Indonesia, focusing on ‘resource conservation’.

Held in Bandung, the workshop addresses the legislated Mines Inspector Competency for resource conservation. The workshop is part of a joint project for development and design of a curriculum and online course to meet the needs of the ETAEMR for training Mines Inspectors, and training of trainers and senior personnel at the workshop, which will review the principles of resource conservation in the context of Indonesia’s current policy framework and practice. 

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Photo: Mr Ade Hidayat of Education and Training Center for Mineral and Coal welcomes delegates to the Resource Conservation Workshop in Bandung, Indonesia. 

Transferring knowledge workshop: leading practices to obtain social consensus in the extractive sector

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, will be running an IM4DC-commissioned ‘Transferring Knowledge Workshop’ in Peru in late May, in collaboration with University of San Marcos (UNSM).

The workshop will focus on leading practices to obtain social consensus in the extractive sector. 

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Alumni return-to-work plans reflect diversity of governance priorities

As part of each of IM4DC’s short courses, participants are required to prepare a return-to-work plan and present them to course faculty and peers. Through the Alumni Management Program, each alumnus is followed up at six weeks and six months following the course.

This process enables IM4DC to evaluate the effectiveness of learning and implementation and also provides incentive for alumni to implement their plans.
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Photo: Enkhtseteg Tudev, Senior Expert ASM Governance and Policy, Sustainable Artisan Mining Project implemented by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, Mongolia presenting her return to work plans to the Minerals Policy and Economics program.

Q and A with an IM4DC Fellow – Elias Mutelani

In recent months, several IM4DC Fellows have undertaken extended activities in Australia to conduct research and build knowledge in key aspects of mining for development.

One such Fellow is Elias Mutelani, a Resident Mines Officer with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in Tanzania. 

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Photo: Elias Mutelani, Resident Mines Officer, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania spent four weeks with the Department of Mines and Petroleum WA as part of an internship.

IM4DC Alumni Days in Indonesia and Mongolia

During May and June, IM4DC will host alumni days in Indonesia and Mongolia for alumni from Australian-funded mining governance training and capacity building programs, including IM4DC. They are delivered in close collaboration with local alumni coordinating committees in each country.

The one-day forums will provide alumni the opportunity to provide feedback on the impact of mining for development activities, and identify potential new research and education collaborations, strengthen existing partnerships and provide recommendations on future mining for development capacity-building priorities and delivery modes. 

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Photo: Alumni from a previous IM4DC Alumni Day held in Ghana. 

IM4DC faculty reflection workshop

As part of its comprehensive monitoring and evaluation process, IM4DC hosted a one-day workshop in conjunction with the Mining for Development Conference in Perth, to reflect upon progress to date and lessons learned.

The workshop participants included educators and researchers from both IM4DC host universities – The University of Western Australia (UWA) and The University of Queensland (UQ) – responsible for the implementation of key program areas though teaching, research and institutional partnerships.

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Photo: Carmel Boffinger, Associate Professor, SMI (left) and Karina Jorritsma, Associate Professor, UWA (right) presenting to the participants at the reflection workshop.

Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC addresses the participants at the reflection workshop.

Upcoming events

This section highlights events presented by IM4DC and other organisations that may be of interest to mining for development practitioners.

AusIMM Africa Australia Technical Mining Conference 2015

What – This event is dedicated to addressing the technological gap in the relationship between the African and Australian mining industries. It will provide mining and allied professionals from Africa and Australia with a forum for high-level technology knowledge transfer, collaboration, cooperation and valuable networking.

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International Mining for Development Centre
WA Trustees Building, Level 2, 133 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia
Australia 6000
Tel: +61 8 9263 9811

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