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
In partnership with Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), MEfDA hosted a competition on Community Participation in Mining and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The winners of the competition were sponsored to present their case studies at the IGF AGM on Mining and SDGs in Geneva October 2016. On the sidelines of the AGM, MEfDA hosted an alumni event.
MEfDA in conjunction with GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) convened the Mongolia Alumni Forum with the theme “Australia-Mongolia: Mining and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Mongolia”. The aims of the forum were to discuss current challenges and opportunities facing Mongolia in relation to mining and SDGs and to provide a learning opportunity for local journalists who are specialising in mining and economics to develop broader perspectives on sustainable development outcomes of mining in Mongolia.
The Philippine Mining and Energy Development Alumni Forum with the theme “Raising the Philippine Standard in Responsible Mining” was held in September 2016. It was attended by alumni, government, NGOs, mining executives, and academics from across the Philippines. Participants discussed themes of environmental responsibility, risk mitigation, economic responsibility and social responsibility.
In July, a multi-sector team from Ghana visited Ethiopia to learn about artisanal and small scale gold mining good practices. The team met with Ministry officials, international donors and NGO. The Ghanaian delegation also visited an artisanal mining site and a gold purchasing centre. The study tour concluded with an alumni networking event for Ethiopian alumni and invited guests.
MEfDA facilitated a visit by a delegation from the Philippines to Papua New Guinea to learn about women’s led enterprises in resource rich host communities. The study tour team met with government, industry and private sector to learn about how to support women as entrepreneurs.
In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, with the theme this year #PledgeForParity, MEfDA invited the Mining and Energy for Development community to submit photos (selfies) with their #PledgeForParity card. One hundred and seven photos were received from 26 countries featuring 150 people with a total of 114 combined pledges.
On the sidelines of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) global conference in Peru in February, MEfDA held a Dinner & Dialogue on the theme of “Implementing the EITI Standard, informing policy dialogue, improving government and company practice”. Alumni and invited guests participated in discussions on key issues of transparency of information and how it informs policy for inclusive socio-economic development from the extractive sector.
The third Emerging Leaders in Africa Mining Program was delivered in Cape Town alongside the Investing in African Mining Indaba. It involved a group of over 20 emerging leaders from across African governments, civil society organisations, academia and industry. Attendees participated in a week of specific leadership training followed by a week of engagement with stakeholders at the African Mining Indaba, one of the largest global mining conferences. The program was supported by the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) programme on Development Minerals.
The Papua New Guinea Mining and Energy Alumni Forum with the theme “Multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration in mining and energy for development: practical experiences and outcomes” brought together over 30 Papua New Guinean Alumni to share practical experiences on resource estimation, royalties, community readiness and alluvial mining. Ms Hakaua Harry, Secretary, Department of National Planning and Monitoring gave the keynote in which she spoke about PNG’s development plan.
The winners of the M4DLink Between mining and farming photo competition were funded to attend the ‘Between the pick and the plough’ Conference on ASM at Australian National University in Canberra, along with two other MEfDA alumni working in this field. The winners, Omar Pidani from Indonesia and Professor Carmelita Martinez from the Philippines, both presented their posters outlining their work with ASM communities to an appreciative audience.