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January 2014

Message from the Director

IM4DC's 2014 program has started strongly with courses in Zambia, South Africa, The Philippines and Australia attracting 226 participants from 35 countries. 

In Southern Africa, IM4DC is running four events in the weeks before, during and after the Mining Indaba Conference, including the new Emerging Leaders program being presented in partnership with the African Minerals Development Centre. You can read about our African events in this edition of the e-news.  

We are looking forward to participating in the Mining Indaba Conference and associated events presented by the African Minerals Development Centre, Australian Government, World Bank, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, International Council on Mining and Metals and World Gold Council. 

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Photo: IM4DC Director, Ian Satchwell.

Save the date: 2014 Mining for Development Conference - 14 and 15 July 2014

Building on the success of the first two annual Mining for Development Conferences, the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) is pleased to host a third conference to be held in Brisbane, Australia on 14 and 15 July 2014.

The venue will be at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus. 

The conference will precede the AusIMM Life-of-Mine Conference in Brisbane on 16 to 18 July 2014 (see

Details will be provided in a special mailing to e-news subscribers in early February 2014. 

Photo: M4D Conference 2013 speaker Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive, CSIRO.

New McKinsey Global Institute report on maximising resource potential

The McKinsey Global Institute recently released a report entitled Reverse the curse: Maximising the potential of resource-driven economies.

The report offers new insights on how the supply landscape is evolving in oil and gas, and minerals, and the potential opportunity for resource-driven economies.

It discusses how policy makers in these countries will need to adopt new approaches to ensure that their resource endowments are a ‘blessing’ for their economies rather than a ‘curse’ as they have proved to be all too often in the past. 

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Geographical Information Systems course in Zambia

A group of 25 participants from 11 countries in Africa are participating in the IM4DC course in Lusaka, Zambia, focused on practical and effective integration of geoscience, geographical and cadastral data in GIS systems.

The course is being hosted by The University of Zambia's School of Mines, a partner in several IM4DC activities over the last twelve months. 

The program is addressing the introduction and review of GIS in geology and environmental science, geographic analyses, remote sensing, spatial statistics, GIS data acquisition and storage, and GIS (geology) data standards. 

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Photo: Course participants from a previous GIS course in Burkina Faso.

Promoting pre-competitive mineral exploration in Africa

IM4DC will host a seminar in Cape Town, South Africa promoting advanced approaches to pre-competitive mineral exploration in Africa during the African Mining Indaba Conference.

It will be held from 9.00 am on Thursday 6 February 2014 in the Australia Lounge at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The half-day seminar will aim to inform government and academic attendees of the datasets that are necessary pre-cursors to stimulate mineral exploration. 

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Photo: Data for Mineral Exploation in Africa event information.

Workshop on Mining Tax Administration and Collection Frameworks

IM4DC is collaborating with the World Bank to present a series of workshops on How to Improve Mining Tax Administration and Collection Frameworks.

The first workshop will run over four days from 10 to 13 February 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and involve up to 50 representatives from finance and mining ministries in Southern Africa.

The workshop will draw on the findings of a World Bank study conducted in 2012-13 by the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University. It culminated in the publication of a source book on How to Improve Mining Tax Administration and Collection Frameworks (see

Participants will attend lectures, conduct numerical exercises, and participate in an open forum and panel discussions. 

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Other IM4DC upcoming courses

Emerging Leaders in African Mining program
IM4DC in association with the African Minerals Development Centre is proud to present a professional development program for emerging leaders engaged in roles related to the African mining sector.

The Emerging Leaders in African Mining 2014 program will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in late January and early February 2014. It will provide an opportunity for young leaders to learn from international faculty and each other about how to lead effectively in the sector and to contribute meaningfully to mining-based sustainable development.

Participants are young professionals, working in government, university, civil society and private sector organisations in Africa who deal with mining and development issues and have been identified as emerging leaders in their areas of expertise. 

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Photo: Previous Regional Development course participants on a field trip in Western Australia.

IM4DC progress reflection workshops

As part of its monitoring and evaluation process, IM4DC hosted two workshops, held in Perth and Brisbane, to reflect upon progress to date and lessons learned.

The workshop participants included the educators and researchers from both IM4DC host universities - The University of Western Australia (UWA) and The University of Queensland (UQ) - responsible for the implementation of key program activity areas.

The participants reflected on initial findings about progress to date, explored areas for further development and considered approaches to ongoing program monitoring and assessment. 

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Photo: Reflection workshop participants in Perth, Australia.

Chatham House releases report on Conflict and Co-existence in the Extractive Industries

Independent policy institute Chatham House has released a report on Conflict and Co-existence in the Extractive Industries.

The report highlights the series of disputes in recent years over mining contracts in resource-rich countries. These disputes call attention to the fragile and complex relationship between companies and their host governments that characterizes the extractives sector, ending in unsettled investors and global markets. 

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African Minerals Development Centre to support achievement of sustainable benefits from mining

The African Union launched the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) on 16 December 2013 at the Mineral Resources Ministers’ Conference in Maputo, Mozambique.

The AMDC seeks to create a centre which will enhance the capacity of African mining countries to derive economic and social benefits from implementing the African Mining Vision (AMV).

The AMDC was launched by the Minister of Mines for the Republic of Mozambique, Ms Experanza Bias, who chairs the Conference of Ministers.

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Photo: African Ministers attending the Mineral Resources Ministers' Conference in Maputo, Mozambique.

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: Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world’s largest mining investment event and Africa’s largest mining event. For 19 years, Investing in African Mining Indaba along with its partners in Africa have channelled billions of dollars of foreign investment into the mining value chain. Mining Indaba is the world’s largest gathering of mining’s most influential stakeholders and decision-makers vested in African mining. 2013 was a record breaking year, with more than 7,800 individuals representing more than 1,500 international companies from 100 countries and approximately 45 African and non-African government delegations. This is where the world connects with African mining.

Global professionals including key mining analysts, fund managers, investment specialists, and governments clearly define Mining Indaba as their preferred venue for obtaining the most current economic and mining developments from the world’s leading experts on African mining. It is held annually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa and is organised by Mining Indaba LLC.

When: 3 to 6 February 2014

Where: Cape Town, South Africa

How: Registration at

Go to: for conference information

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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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