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July 2014

Message from the Director - Alumni Forum highlights impact for mining for develpment

The second annual IM4DC Alumni Forum in Brisbane this month provided strong, positive feedback from alumni that Australia’s mining for development activities are effective in building capability of developing countries to build strong and sustainable minerals and energy sectors that deliver lasting benefits to nations and communities.

Alumni case studies and workshop discussions underlined how Australia’s experience in sustainable mining, and its convening power, are enabling effective knowledge sharing between Australia and developing countries, and between developing countries. 

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

Gender and mining in Papua New Guinea - Symposium and workshop

During August, IM4DC will host a two-day symposium and workshop which will bring together staff and students from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), women and community leaders from resource operations in Papua New Guinea, and women working in the extractives industries, alongside other stakeholders in government and business.

To be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 7 and 8 August 2014, the purpose of this symposium is to raise awareness and understanding of how mining intersects with the lives of women, both in communities where mining takes place, and as it relates to women employed in the mining industry. 

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Alumni Forum 2014 - Leadership. Collaboration. Governance.

During July 2014, IM4DC hosted an Alumni Forum for 88 alumni, plus personnel from universities, NGOs and industry. Held at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus in the new Advanced Engineering Building, the Forum involved representatives from 23 countries around the world.

It was a stimulating two days with IM4DC and Australia Awards alumni, gathered in Brisbane to share their insights and knowledge, review the current IM4DC program and activities and their country activities, and consider the challenges and opportunities ahead for building mining for development capacity in their home countries.  

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

Photo: (left to right) Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC; Peter Bangura, Deputy Director Mines, National Minerals Agency Sierra Leone; Anthony Hodge, President, ICMM; and Majala Mlagui, Founder and CEO, Thamani Gems Kenya. 

Photo: (left to right) Ibrahim Hardjawidjaksana, International Cooperation Specialist, Education and Training Center Mineral and Coal (ETCMC) Indonesia; Kanti, Article 33 Indonesia; and Victoria Thom, Manager Innovative Business Unit, World Vision Australia. 

Photo: Lesley Bennett, Program Manager, Women in Mining and Petroleum Program, Chamber of Mines and Petroleum Papua New Guinea. 

Forging sustainable communities in Latin American resource regions

As part of its Action Research program, IM4DC has provided support to 20 postgraduate students from developing countries studying at several universities in Australia.

Isabel Buitrago, a Colombian student at The University of Queensland, has used the support to extend the fieldwork for her PhD research ‘Forging sustainable communities in resource regions – The Colombian case’.

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Course on manual and automated workflows for data integration and exploration targeting

IM4DC together with the Centre for Exploration Targeting and the Southern and Eastern Minerals Information Centre (SEAMIC) will deliver a program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania focused on manual and automated workflows for data integration and exploration targeting.

Strong African demand for geoscience training has been identified by IM4DC, and geological surveys in Africa have specifically requested that training be delivered to address skills shortages. 

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Photo: Exploration targeting course which took place in Lusaka, Zambia in early 2014. 

Community Aspects of Resource Developments short course

IM4DC will present a four-week flagship course on Community Aspects of Resource Developments between 28 July and 22 August 2014. To be held in Brisbane, Australia, the short course will host 20 representatives from governments, civil society and academic institutions from developing countries. 

The themes explored in this short course will range from the global context of mining, development issues, policy, multi-stakeholder collaborations and governance to specific issues, for example, local content and employment, gender impacts, resettlement and community engagement. 

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Photo: CARD participants from the 2013 course. 

Mining Governance study tour to Australia

A Mining Governance and Africa Down Under study tour to Australia, organised by the Australian Government through the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF), with support from IM4DC, is taking place during August and September 2014.

The study tour aims to assist senior African government officials, including from the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states, to strengthen their understanding of the frameworks governing the mining industry in Australia, and how these have led to improved regional development and to apply, as appropriate, lessons and learning in their home countries. 

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IM4DC presents at Mining on Top: Africa - London Summit

IM4DC Director, Ian Satchwell participated in the Mining on Top: Africa – London Summit in June. He spoke at two Summit events on IM4DC’s cooperation with the African Minerals Development Centre and on ‘Mining’s legacy: thinking beyond the mine’ during the infrastructure day.

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Photo: Farhad Abasov, President and CEO, Allana Potash presents at Mining on Top: Africa Conference in London. 

Proceedings released from Mining, Agriculture and Development: Bread from stones?

The proceedings of the Crawford Fund’s 2013 Annual Conference have been released. With the theme ‘Mining, Agriculture and Development: Bread from stones?’, the conference examined the interaction of mining and agriculture in Africa and the synergies of the two sectors in underpinning Africa’s development. 

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Integrating HIV and gender-related issues into environmental impact assessments

The Australia-Africa Universities Network Partnership Research and Development Fund has sponsored research into how Australian mining companies operating in Africa can better integrate HIV and gender-related issues into environmental impact assessments.

A consortium of Murdoch University, University of Pretoria and Southern African Institute for Environmental assessments has been conducting the project. The project is supported by IM4DC though its Action Research program.

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Q and A with an IM4DC Fellow

Four current IM4DC Fellows are undertaking extended activities in Australia to conduct research and build knowledge in key aspects of mining for development.

One of those Fellows is Rosemary Okla of the Geological Survey Department of Ghana, who is working at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) 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.

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Photo: Rosemary Okla, IM4DC Fellow. 

Action Research commissions by IM4DC

IM4DC has commissioned ten new Action Research projects out of 35 applications from university-based researchers. The projects are as follows:
Project Lead Researcher Notes
A community’s ‘right to know’: Adding practical support to the idea of prior consultation          Associate Professor Deanna Kemp, UQ SMI Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Collaborations with PNG Chamber of Mines, Bougainville Mining Department, and Universidad Pacifico and Futuro Sostenible, Peru

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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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Perth, Western Australia
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