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August 2014

Message from the Director - Sustainable outcomes for all are key to successful negotiations

Twenty-first century negotiations for mining projects should seek to achieve sustainable outcomes for all stakeholders: governments, communities and mining companies. That’s the key message in the IM4DC Handbook 50 pieces of advice to an official who is engaged in the negotiation of mining contracts, which will be released at the Africa Down Under Conference in Perth in early September.

As the foreword of the handbook says: governments of resource rich countries have a responsibility to be well prepared and knowledgeable in contract negotiations for natural resource extraction and long-term land leases – not just for the sake of securing a balanced financial deal, but to promote high standards in labour and human rights, environmental protection, health, safety, transparency and fiscal management.

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

IM4DC Alumni Forum 2014 - Video records online

A video summary and records of key speakers at the IM4DC Alumni Forum held in Brisbane in July are now available on the IM4DC YouTube channel. 

This Forum, with the theme of ‘Leadership. Collaboration. Governance’, began with keynote speaker, Dr Anthony Hodge, President of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), who said a key success factor for mining companies is building relations with local communities. Anthony’s address – ‘The ongoing question of mining’s role in development’ set the scene for stimulating discussion around relationships, challenges, benefits and outcomes impacting and engaging a wide variety of stakeholders. 

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Photo: Alumni Forum Keynote Speaker Dr Anthony Hodge, President, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). 

Leading Congolese Researcher visits The University of Queensland

A leading ecotoxicologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is visiting The University of Queensland (UQ) to take part in research and develop teaching programs as part of IM4DC’s Distinguished Fellowship Program.

Professor Dieudonne Musibono, Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of Kinshasa, is being hosted by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI). 

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Photo: Professor Dieudonne Musibono. 

International Resettlement and Livelihoods Symposium

In October 2014, IM4DC will sponsor 30 resettlement practitioners to attend a five-day program consisting of a two-day international symposium, a two-day training workshop and a one-day pre-conference technical visit on resettlement and livelihoods, all to be presented by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in South Africa.

Across the world, land access for public and private sector projects often causes significant physical and economic displacement of communities. Resettlement is typically fraught with challenges, hazards and controversy. Poorly undertaken resettlement can result in a number of risks, including marginalization, food insecurity, landlessness and social disarticulation. 

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Central Queensland hosts international mining delegates

Central Queensland, Australia played host to a delegation of international mining representatives in August 2014, as part of the Community Aspects of Resource Developments (CARD) course and study tour organised by IM4DC.

A total of 20 delegates from Africa, Asia, South America and the near Pacific region visited city and shire councils, mine sites, government agencies, and community and indigenous groups. They spoke to community members and local government about the influences that extractive industries can have on communities in Australia and the measures taken by stakeholders to promote positive and mitigate negative outcomes. 
 
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Photo: CARD 2014 graduating class. 

IM4DC Occupational Health and Safety Leadership short course

During November 2014, IM4DC will deliver its third short course on occupational health and safety leadership which will bring together up to 20 representatives from governments, civil society organisations and academic institutions from developing countries.

To be held in Perth, Western Australia, the program is designed for mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and universities engaged in occupational health safety management in the resource sector. 

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Gender and Mining Symposium in Papua New Guinea

IM4DC, in collaboration with The University of Queensland (UQ) and The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) recently presented a gender and mining symposium and workshop in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Held over two-days in early August 2014 at the UPNG Campus in Port Moresby, the event brought together staff and students from UPNG, women working in the extractives industries, and other stakeholders in government and business. 

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Photo: Gender and Mining Symposium in PNG.  

IM4DC activities at Africa Down Under Conference

IM4DC is active in the Africa Down Under (ADU) Conference in Perth on 2 to 5 September 2014.

The Africa Australia Research Forum on Tuesday 2 September, supported by IM4DC, will discuss how the extractives sector can contribute to accelerating regional economic development in the countries of Africa.

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Q and A with an IM4DC Fellow - Kwame Boamah

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 Kwame Boamah, Head of Geophysics and Information Management Division, from the Geological Survey Department, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana. 

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Photo: Kwame Boamah, IM4DC Fellow.

IM4DC Ebola Virus Disease risk management

IM4DC has implemented a protocol to manage risks and welfare issues associated with Ebola Virus Disease in certain countries in West Africa. This protocol is to manage welfare of participants and staff in IM4DC activities, and risks associated with travel restrictions to and from West Africa.

As much as possible, IM4DC activities in West Africa and involving West Africans in other locations are continuing as planned, although some may be postponed or modified at the request of host countries or due to travel restrictions.

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Gender, mining and local development final report released

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) has released the final report from a project entitled ‘Mining and local-development: Examining the gender dimensions of agreements between companies and communities’.

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the research explores the challenges and opportunities associated with negotiating and implementing agreements by considering issues relating to gender and local-level development. The focus is on agreement processes between local communities and Australian mining companies operating domestically and offshore. 

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Upcoming events

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

Africa Down Under Conference and Africa Australia Research Forum

What: The Africa Down Under Conference will be held in Perth in September. Apart from presenting companies, the event will be attended by African Mines Ministers, business leaders and executives from the mining services industries. Last year, the conference attracted more than 2000 delegates, 160 exhibitors and a full three day program of top-notch speakers. The 4th Annual Africa Australia Research Forum will bring together mining industry, government, civil society and academia. This year’s theme will focus on the role of the extractive sector in regional economic transformation in the countries of Africa.

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WA Trustees Building, Level 2, 133 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia
Australia 6000
Tel: +61 8 9263 9811
Email: admin@im4dc.org

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