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April 2015

Message from the Director – Activity and impact in minerals and energy governance

Building capacity in governance of minerals and energy is demonstrably some of the most effective foreign aid that Australia can provide. Australia has globally-leading mining knowledge, technology, management and approaches to sustainability – and Australian institutions and companies are very willing to share their knowledge with developing country partners.

Australia also has incentive: Australian companies are amongst the largest offshore investors in exploration and mining, while Australian companies in mining equipment, technology and services supply markets globally. Well-governed companies operate best in well-governed nations. Australian-based companies and universities are leaders in advocating for high quality minerals and energy governance and in promoting collaboration with stakeholders to achieve shared benefits outcomes. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

What’s happening in May and June

During March and April, IM4DC has delivered nine short courses and study tours in Africa, South East Asia, Peru and Australia, covering economic, commercial, social and environmental topics relating to resources development. We have sponsored seven IM4DC Fellows to undertake projects with institutions. Six new action research reports have been published. IM4DC also presented an Alumni event in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 

IM4DC is presenting its annual Alumni Forum and Mining for Development Conference in Perth in the last week of April. These events will be attended by participants from the mining and development infrastructure study tour and the minerals policy and economics short course.

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Mining for development practitioners heading to Perth

Building knowledge and capacity to enable sharing of benefits from development of minerals and energy resources is the focus of the Mining for Development Conference being held in Perth at the end of April.

Hosted by IM4DC at The University of Western Australia, the conference will focus discussions around the key theme of ‘Shared goals – realising benefits’ and explore strategies to work together across geographical, cultural and sectoral boundaries to maximise benefits to communities in resource-rich developing nations. 
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Resource development and human well-being in Papua New Guinea

Industry, academic, civil society and government stakeholders discussed the future of resource development and human wellbeing in Papua New Guinea at a conference at the Gateway Hotel between 17 and 19 March 2015.

The keynote speech was delivered by Hon. Charles Abel, the Minister for National Planning who provided participants with an insight into the government’s plans for the next five years, and the goals for PNG as part of the 2050 vision.

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Photo: The Hon Minister Charles Abel, Minister for National Planning, Papua New Guinea presenting at the conference. 

IM4DC Gender Strategy

Extractive industries are a major source of revenue for many resource-rich economies around the world and are central to economic growth and social development. The full benefit of resources development can only be realised, however, if women and girls participate fully in all aspects of resources activity and consequent economic development and social progress. This requires that the principles of gender equality are embedded within policies and practices applied to resources and associated development.

IM4DC is implementing its Gender Strategy to guide its staff, delivery schools and centres, and other partners in integrating principles and practices of gender equality, inclusion and women’s economic empowerment within IM4DC’s operations and activities.

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Mining and Development Infrastructure Study Tour

IM4DC is hosting a study tour in Perth, Western Australia that focuses on approaches to the provision of mining-related infrastructure that facilitates good development outcomes for all stakeholders.

Timely provision of infrastructure to support both mining and other economic development is critical to ensuring economic and social benefits flow from development of natural resources. 
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Photo: Study tour particpants visited the Pilbara Ports Authority.

Photo: Guided tour with a Senior Cultural Ranger of the Murujuga Range.

Photo: (left to right) Kaylene Daniel a Murujuga Ranger with Eileen Saiyomina from the Department of National Planning and Monitoring in Papua New Guinea. 

Assessment of IM4DC impact

Research has found that IM4DC programs have enabled alumni to translate learning into practice and to bring about positive changes to their work and organisations.

The research was conducted by The Accelerated Learning Laboratory (ALL) at The University of Western Australia. ALL consolidated data from two research studies and online surveys. 

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Q and A with an IM4DC Fellow - Mesfin Gebremichael

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 Mesfin Gebremichael, Manager of Geo-Information Services, from the South East African Mineral Centre (SEAMIC) in Tanzania. 

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Photo: Mesfin Gebremichael, IM4DC Fellow.

Emerging Leaders in African Mining 2015 - Video record online

A video summary of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) 2015 program is now available on the IM4DC YouTube channel.

IM4DC, in collaboration with the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), presented ELAM for the second time in February this year. A third program is already in the works for 2016, is to be presented by AMDC and the UQ-UWA Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance. 

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Photo: Professor David Brereton, Deputy Director Research Intergration, SMI (centre) with ELAM 2015 participants. 

Action research reports support sustainability

A key part of IM4DC’s program is to commission Action Research into aspects of mining for development. Researchers deliver reports on their findings and these are posted on the IM4DC website at More than 50 reports are now available.

These include reports that have been produced by developing country researchers who are students in Australia and reports on collaborative projects between institutions in developing countries and those in Australia.
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Minerals Policy and Economics Short Course

IM4DC is currently hosting a flagship course focused on providing an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts on minerals policy that inform regulatory frameworks and economics in the resource sector.

The course involves a group of 18 representatives from 13 nations, from government, civil society organisations and academic institutions, who are engaged in resource sector policy analysis, design and implementation.

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Upcoming events

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

Mining for Development Conference 2015

What – The Mining for Development Conference hosted by IM4DC will empower, engage and celebrate participants, their goals and achievements. It will explore strategies and approaches to empower women, grass-roots and organisations and community members to achieve change and realise the benefits from mining development. A highlight of the Conference will be the coming together of government ministers, mining executives, international agencies and leaders of mining and development policy across the developing world to share their knowledge and experiences. It will provide a forum to engage with key influencers and world leaders to address the theme of the 2015 Mining for Development Conference: Shared goals - realising benefits.

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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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