MEfDA aims to deliver an integrated program of activities with the education program at the core supplemented by applied research, leadership development activities and events for the global network of alumni and experts. These activities are underpinned institutional collaborations
The M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Program was launched on the sidelines of Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa on February 4th 2018. This international program was developed due to an increasing demand to provide a formal and structured mentoring program to alumni women working in the global resources sector. With funding from the Department of Foreign of Affairs and Trade (DFAT), 15 female alumni from emerging economies in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America from the M4DLink alumni network were rigorously matched with influential males and females from the sector.
Mentees and mentors have undergone training and will work through a heavily structured framework that has been developed by Metisphere. The program will run for six months and will conclude in August 2018 with the ultimate aim of empowered female leaders who are working towards improved diversity and inclusion outcomes in the resources sector. The launch event in Cape Town sponsored by Resolute Mining Limited was an excellent opportunity for mentors and mentees to network with DFAT, alumni and invited guests from industry, academia, civil society and government.
The Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) in partnership with the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) invited alumni to submit innovative solutions to support financing women in mining. Two submissions were awarded the opportunity to present at the IGF Annual General Meeting (AGM), October 2017 in Switzerland. Georgette Barnes, Women in Mining Ghana pitched “Advocacy Action Plan for Economic Empowerment of Women in ASM” – a mineral sector policy that reserves 15% of mining concessions for women,15% of jobs for women; and 15% of service and supply contracts reserved for women owned businesses. Dr Harmony Musiyarira, Namibia University of Science of Technology submitted “Enhancing Technical Advisory Services on Mining Projects led by women” – where technical experts from the university bridge the information and expertise gap between financial institutions and women entrepreneurs in mining.
A multisector team of Fijians representing the Mines department, Environment agency, community and land owners visited the Philippines to learn about Mined Land Rehabilitation. The team met with officials at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of mineral resources. They visited two mine sites Philex Mining Corporation and Rio Tuba to learn about rehabilitation programs, community engagement, community development and indigenous peoples’ participation.
A team from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture were awarded an alumni regional study tour grant to visit Colombia and learn about the implementation of prior consultation with the objective of gathering lessons and challenges to strengthen the implementation process in Peru and guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples in resource rich host communities.
Based on the Peruvian experience, the team selected four areas of analysis to study in Colombia: 1) identification of indigenous peoples, 2) identification of impacts to be measured; 3) prior consultation agreements and their follow-up and 4) the role of the Constitutional Court.
With a grant from the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA), the Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy (ACEMP) took a multi-stakeholder team from Uganda on a study tour to Rwanda to learn how the Rwandan government governs its Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) sector.
The study tour gave the Ugandan Team an opportunity to see how the ASM sector operates both in theory and practice. From workshops to filed visits in the mines, the team was presented with essential learnings ranging from best practices in health and safety, to community and women participation in mining projects. The team learnt about Rwanda’s implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) – a system of tagging and following conflict minerals from the mine to the market in order to prevent illicit trading that may fuel violence and conflict in the Region, which has elevated Rwanda’s position in the Region as the source of legitimate artisanally mined minerals.
International Women in Mining (IWiM) is excited to announce the winners of its photo competition sponsored by De Beers and MEfDA.
Over 200 inspirational photos were received that illustrate the significant positive contributions that women are making in achieving an inclusive, thriving, safe and responsible mining industry.
Congratulations to Impact and Influence grand prize winner Elsa Nielsen, a jackleg miner at Goldcorp – Hoyle Pond Mine, Canada whose image “They thought I couldn’t do it” demonstrates a woman’s strength, tenacity and determination to achieve against all odds.
The second Transfer Pricing in Mining workshop was held May 8th to 12th 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. The aim of the workshop was to improve the capability of African tax administrations to ensure that legitimate tax revenue from mining activities undertaken in their countries is not diminished by the transfer pricing/profit shifting practices of multinational enterprises (MNEs).
There were 49 attendees from 15 countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Cote d”Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal and Togo) representing tax administrations, Ministries of Mines and Ministries of Finance and civil society organisations. AMDC sponsored 33 participants and World Bank sponsored 16 places. The workshop was delivered by a panel of mining and transfer pricing specialists with significant experience in both industry and government representing Centre for Exploration Targeting, World Bank, Africa Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), Africa Tax Administrations Forum (ATAF) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
The Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) in collaboration with the West African Alumni Forum Committee and Australia Awards for Africa is proud to have hosted the West African Alumni Forum April 27th and 28th, 2017 at Holiday Inn, Accra, Ghana.
The event brought together over 80 West and Central African alumni from different sectors and disciplines from Australian government funded programs (MEfDA, IM4DC, Australia Africa Partnership Facility (AAPF), Australia Awards) to consider the theme “Investing in West African mining for sustainable regional development”. Keynote speakers included His Excellency Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner; Honourable Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana; Henry Antwi, Head of Mining and Metals at Oman Oil Company; and Dr Kojo Busia, Coordinator, Africa Minerals Development Centre.
The Transfer Pricing in Mining workshop was held March 13th to 16th 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The aim of the workshop was to improve the capability of African tax administrations to ensure that legitimate tax revenue from mining activities undertaken in their countries is not diminished by the transfer pricing/profit shifting practices of multinational enterprises (MNEs).
There were 32 attendees from 16 countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) representing tax administrations, Ministries of Mines and Ministries of Finance. AMDC sponsored 30 participants and World Bank sponsored 2 places. The workshop was delivered by a panel of mining and transfer pricing specialists with significant experience in both industry and government representing Centre for Exploration Targeting, Africa Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), Africa Tax Administrations Forum (ATAF) and a former Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Alumni from Indonesia, Philippines and Fiji presented at the Community mining in Indonesia: Minimising harm, maximising benefits international conference. The conference provided an opportunity to discuss the impacts of community mining (artisanal and small scale mining) and to explore strategies to minimise harm and maximise benefits. National and international experts from government agencies, universities, industry and NGOs discussed legislative reform and recommendations for government.