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January 2015

Message from the Director - partnerships with governments, industry and NGOs vital to success

The just-released IM4DC Highlights 2011-2014 report (see following story) provides vivid examples of how IM4DC and its partners have achieved substantial and sustainable improvements to mining governance capacity in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

As a new World Bank study of mining-dependent countries in Sub-Saharan Africa shows, mining can result in positive impacts on both economies and human development, contrary to past experience (see separate story World Bank study shows improvement in outcomes in mining-dependent countries in Africa). Mining governance capacity-building is a high-impact aid investment by Australia.
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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

Looking back and planning beyond IM4DC

The International Mining for Development Centre has just released its IM4DC Highlights 2011-2014: which documents delivery and achievement during the first three years of the Centre’s operations. It contains many examples of how IM4DC and its partners have contributed to the capacity of people and institutions in developing countries to host mining well and do well from mining.

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Mining for Development Conference 2015

The 2015 Mining for Development Conference will take place on 30 April 2015 in Perth, Western Australia.

To be held at The University of Western Australia, the conference will be the third Mining for Development Conference, and will provide 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.
The conference theme is ‘Shared goals and realising benefits’.

The conference aims to engage and celebrate IM4DC alumni and partners, and 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 inclusive and sustainable benefits from mining.
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Minerals Policy and Economics Short Course

During April and May 2015, IM4DC will hold a flagship course focused on providing an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts on minerals policy that informs regulatory frameworks and economics in the resource sector.

The short course will involve a group of up to 20 representatives from government, civil society organisations and academic institutions from developing countries.

Run over four weeks in Perth, Western Australia, participants will attend lectures, conduct interactive exercises and participate in open forum discussions. 

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Photo: Participants from a previous IM4DC Minerals Policy and Economics Short Course in Perth and Kalgoorlie, 2014.

IM4DC Alumni Day in Ghana

IM4DC’s Mining for Development Alumni Day in Ghana on 3 February 2015 will engage more than 80 Ghanaian alumni from Australian-funded training and capacity building programs, including IM4DC, the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) and the Australia Awards for Africa (AAA) program, in thought-provoking keynote presentations and interactive workshop discussions.

The one-day forum in February will provide alumni the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and share experiences and dialogues on the theme ‘Collaboration for change: mineral resources for shared prosperity’.

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Photo: IM4DC hosted a similar Alumni Day in Peru, 2014.

Regional Development and Mining Short Course in the Philippines

During March, IM4DC will deliver a short course in Manila, the Philippines, focused on Regional Development and Mining. It will bring together 20 representatives from government, civil society organisations, and academic institutions from Asia and the Pacific.

The short course is designed for mid-level to senior personnel in government, civil society organisations and academic institutions in Asia and the Pacific with responsibility for, or focus on regional development and governance. 

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Photo: Participants in the IM4DC Regional Development and Mining Study Tour in Perth and Kalgoorlie, 2014. 

AAPF Gender and Mining Study Tour to South Africa and Australia

In March 2015, IM4DC will host a forum on Gender and Mining for 30 African participants. The one-day forum forms part of a larger study tour organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF).

The forum will explore gender equality and workforce diversity, gender and the social impact of mining, and women’s empowerment.

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Photo: Lizzie Dodd, Northern Project Contracting, an Indigenous-owned contractor to the Australian mining industry speaking at the IM4DC Gender and Mining Forum in Brisbane, 2013.

Photo: Dr Marit Kitaw, Economic Affairs Officer, African Minerals Development Centre speaking at the IM4DC Gender and Mining Forum in Brisbane, 2013. Dr Kitaw is also an IM4DC Alumnus. 

Minerals Negotiation Skills Program in Ethiopia

IM4DC and the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) will present a Minerals Negotiation Skills training program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in March 2015.

The three-day program will involve up to 20 representatives from government, civil society organisations and academic institutions in East Africa, and provide participants with the skills to be effective and strategic negotiators in the resource sector. Professionals with negotiation skills are sought after by the minerals and energy sector and by governments and civil society organisations that interface with mining. 

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Photo: Professor Fabien Nkot, Political Science and Public Law, the University of Yaounde II, Cameroon at the launch of the '50 pieces of advice to an official who is engaged in the negotiation of mining contracts' publication.

Environmental Management in Mining Short Course

IM4DC has invited applications for its 2015 Environmental Management in Mining short course to be held in Brisbane, Australia in March. The program will engage up to 20 representatives of governments, civil society organisations and academic institutions from developing countries.

Based at The University of Queensland over four weeks, the course will include opportunities to interact with other IM4DC participants and participate in field trips to industrial facilities and mine sites.

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Photo: IM4DC Alumni from the Environmental Management in Mining Course in Brisbane, 2014. 

Mining and Development Infrastructure Study Tour to Australia

In April 2015, IM4DC will host a study tour 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.

Taking place in Western Australia, the study tour will engage up to 25 government representatives from Africa and the Asia Pacific. 
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Photo: It was a packed house at the IM4DC Infrastructure Forum in Brisbane, 2014.

Photo: (left to right) Foday Sackor, Mining Sector Corporate Liaison, Office of the Minister. Mines and Energy, Liberia and Bernadetta Devi, Research Officer, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the IM4DC Infrastructure Forum in Brisbane, 2014. 

Safety Leadership Workshop in Peru

IM4DC is inviting applications for its 2015 Safety Leadership program being held in Lima, Peru in early March.

The program will engage up to 25 representatives of governments, civil society organisations, academic institutions and industry from Peru and neighbouring countries.

Commencing with a two-day workshop on safety leadership led by senior academics from The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland, participants will also attend the OSINGERMIN Mine Safety Congress. 
Photo: Professor Mark Griffin, Director of the Centre for Safety, The University of Western Australia (pictured) has led a number of IM4DC Safety Leadership courses, including the Occupational Health and Safety Leadership Study Tour in Perth, 2013. 

IM4DC Gender Strategy

A comprehensive IM4DC Gender Strategy has been developed in response to the Gender Rapid Review of IM4DC programs and operations that were undertaken to address a recommendation from the Mid-Term Review of IM4DC’s performance. Both reviews concluded that IM4DC needs to formalise its approach to incorporating gender dimensions in its operations.

The Gender Strategy is now in advanced draft for stakeholder consultation. In it, IM4DC commits to greater and better integration of gender equality in all its programs to best support our partners in meeting their mining for development goals.

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Cambodia resources legislation scoping mission

An IM4DC-commissioned scoping mission to Cambodia in December examined and reported on the situation of mining and petroleum legislation, regulation and administration in Cambodia. It looked at policies, strategies, legislation and capacities within government.

This scoping mission was at the invitation of the Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy following a visit by senior management of the Ministry, led by State Secretary Meng Saktheara to Perth in May 2014.

The delegation comprised of resources lawyer and Adjunct Professor at UWA, John Southalan, plus Mike Rowe, a policy and regulation specialist who until recently was a senior officer with the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum.

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Photo: A visit from the Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy with Richard Slattery, Deputy Director, IM4DC and Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC.

IM4DC at African Mining Indaba

IM4DC and its host universities, The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland, will have a strong presence and involvement with the African Mining Indaba again this year. The conference runs from 9 to 12 February 2015.

In cooperation with the conference organisers, IM4DC and AMDC’s Emerging Leaders in African Mining program will encourage participants to utilise Mining Indaba as a giant ‘leadership laboratory’ as well as have briefings and discussions with senior personnel from government and industry.
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Photo: Monique Cooper, Government and Community Relations Manager, BHP Billiton Liberia taking part in discussions at the 2014 Emerging Leaders in African Mining Program at last year's African Mining Indaba. The 2015 program will be held from 2 to 13 February. 

World Bank study shows improvement in outcomes in mining-dependent countries in Africa

At a European Commission conference in January 2015, the World Bank highlighted the results of a new study into Evaluating Mining’s Contribution to Socioeconomic and Human Development: The case of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Paulo de Sar, Practice Manager at Energy and Extractives Global Practice in the World Bank Group gave a keynote presentation to the Annual Conference of the European Commission’s European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. The presentation included a report on the World Bank study, which shows that: resource economies have fared better than non-resource economies in terms of human development; and that mineral countries have fared better than oil rich economies in terms of human development. The report found that: 
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Recent discussions with international collaborators

During January IM4DC Director Ian Satchwell addressed and held discussions with several international partners in Canada and Europe.

Ian met with the Board of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI), and gave a short presentation on achieving impact and sustainability through institutional partnerships. He highlighted how building institutional capacity is a key part of the integrated program of IM4DC, and how this helps talented people to find greater traction for their skills. He said that IM4DC’s model also involves transferring capacity to other institutions so that they can continue to build capacity.

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Photo: Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC presents via video to the Netherlands Water Sector Workshop in January, 2015.

Upcoming events

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

Investing in African Mining Indaba

What – This is where the world connects with African Mining. Investing in African Mining Indaba is an annual professional conference dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa.

When – 9 to 12 February 2015

Where – Cape Town, South Africa

How – Registration at

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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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