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October 2014

Message from the Director - creating shared value through collaboration

In September eNews, I highlighted the concept of Creating Shared Value that has been developed at Harvard University and is now gaining currency across business, including the minerals and petroleum sectors. I noted how progressive stakeholders in mining and development across government, civil society and business have been seeking outcomes from mining investment that represent shared value, if not yet using that term.

Shared value defined is a management strategy that is focused on companies creating business value by generating economic and social value for other stakeholders in their businesses. What appeals to IM4DC about shared value is that by definition, it delivers value in different dimensions to all of the different stakeholders. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

What's on in November

IM4DC has a busy program in late October, November and December, with activities in Australia and Africa. Here’s a summary:
  • Mongolia Australia Development Forum: Mining, sustainable development and partnerships, Brisbane, Australia (organised by UQ, SMI and Mongolia Australia Partners for Development and Griffith University, and co-sponsored by IM4DC)
  • Mining Tax Design and Administration workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (with World Bank and African Minerals Development Centre)
  • Resource Conservation short course, Brisbane, Australia (with Indonesian Education and Training Centre for Minerals and Coal and other Asia Pacific participants)
  • Mineral Revenue study tour (with Indonesian Ministry of Finance and Australian Treasury)
  • Geotechnical and Environmental Management of Large Volume Waste short course, Kitwe, Zambia
  • Occupational Health and Safety Leadership short course, Perth, Australia
  • Zambia Alumni Day, Nairobi, Zambia
  • University of Ghana Mining Law Short course (supported by UWA Faculty of Law and IM4DC)
  • Fellowships involving participants from Mongolia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

IM4DC Alumni Day in Peru

More than 50 IM4DC Alumni and associates from Peru participated in the IM4DC Alumni Day in Lima on Monday 13 October 2014. The forum was presented in cooperation with Universidad del Pacifico.

Alumni from government, civil society, academia and industry heard keynote presentations and participated in interactive workshop discussions on the theme ‘Mining for development in Peru: challenges and responses’.

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Photo: Hon Guillermo Shinno, Vice Minister of Mines presenting the keynote speech at the Alumni Day in Peru. Seated are Dr Rosario Santa Gadea, Researcher and Coordinator of the Economics, Business and International Relations Area at the Research Centre of Universidad del Pacifico, and Professor David Brereton, Deputy Director Research Integration, UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute. 

Geotechnical and environmental management of large volume waste

Effective management of large volume waste from mining is a key issue for African nations that are rich in minerals and coal.

During November, representatives of governments, civil society organisations, academic institutions and industry from East Africa will participate in a short course focusing on geotechnical and environmental management of large volume waste.  

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Resettlement symposium in South Africa

In October, the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) held a special symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods at Skukuza in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Delegates from 41 countries travelled to South Africa to discuss how to improve the global practice of resettlement and livelihood. 

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IM4DC alumni giving women miners skills to better their future

Three IM4DC alumni from Madagascar are working with women gemstone miners in Madagascar to extend their skills to enhance value of their production.

Mr Tsialoninarivo Rahajary, Development Senior Manager, SAF/FJKM; Mrs Herizo Harimalala Tsiverisoa, Director of Education Institute, Gemmologie of Madagascar; and Ms Harisoa Eulalie Tanteliniony, Socio-Organizer, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Madagascar travelled to Brisbane, Australia to participate in the Community Aspects of Resource Developments (CARD) course. 

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Photos: Women mining sapphires in Madagascar. Photos by Lynda Lawson. 

Mining and Agriculture Symposium: From Resource Curse to Development Driver

In October, IM4DC Alumni and IM4DC Alumni Coordinator, Muza Gondwe, participated in the Mining and Agriculture Symposium From Resource Curse to Development Driver in Kampala, Uganda, organised by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Alumni from the Australia Awards and the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) with backgrounds in mining, agriculture, health and public policy also participated. 

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Photo: (left to right) Davis Osoro, Augustine Mubanga, Sizwe Phakathi and Moses Nadiope - IM4DC alumni from the Regional Development and Emerging Leaders in Africa programs - all participated in the Mining and Agriculture Symposium in South Africa. 

Transfer pricing in mining - An African perspective

A briefing note Transfer pricing in mining: An African Perspective, has been published by IM4DC, the World Bank (WBG) and the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) at The University of Western Australia.

The report highlights the objectives, methodology and current progress of a study on transfer pricing with specific focus on mining in Africa. 

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Photo: Tansfer pricing in mining publication. Available from the IM4DC website. 

Millennium development goals and development indicators workshop - Papua New Guinea

Exchanging local and international knowledge in measurement against indicators to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the focus of a workshop held in Lae in August.

A total of 55 local and international participants attended the workshop at the PNG University of Technology (UniTech). The workshop was co-hosted by the Australian National University (ANU), UniTech and IM4DC.

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Photo: A field trip to the village of Gabensis, for participants to experience first hand the process of gathering data relevant to meeting the MDG. 

Photo: Dramas expertly performed by the villagers which managed to both entertain the audience and convey a serious message about raising awareness of health issues challenging the well-being of the PNG population, including maaria, HIV, and other socially transmitted diseases. 

IM4DC and CSRM participate in Intergovernmental Forum AGM

Isabel Cane, Research Manager at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), and IM4DC’s Ian Satchwell participated in the Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development held In Geneva in October.

The meeting and side events attracted some 240 participants from more than 30 countries.
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Upcoming events

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

Earth Sciences and Climate Change: Challenges to Development in Africa

What: The African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG) supports the development of Earth Scientists in Africa by providing opportunities for networking and applying science for the sustainable development challenges the continent is facing. The 7th AAWG Conference is being organised, taking into consideration the current challenges the continent is facing in view of the changing climatic conditions, which is threatening sustainable development agenda in Africa. 

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