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 […]

Looking back and planning beyond IM4DC

The International Mining for Development Centre has just released its IM4DC Highlights 2011-2014: http://im4dc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IM4DC-Highlights-2011-to-2014.pdf 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Message from the Director – partnerships for inclusive capacity-building

In the three years since IM4DC was established, partnerships have been essential to our work in supporting partner countries and institutions to develop strong and well-governed mining sectors that deliver sustainable and inclusive benefits to communities and nations. The success of IM4DC’s short courses and study tours depends on partnerships with education and training institutions, […]

Thanks and Season’s Greetings

In just over three years from IM4DC’s inception to the end of 2014, IM4DC has presented 88 short courses, workshops and study tours in Australia and other countries, involving more than 2,300 participants, including 700 women, from 65 countries. IM4DC’s university-based schools and centres have delivered more than 13,500 participant training days.  IM4DC’s Alumni on-line […]

Indonesian Minerals and Coal Director General leads Policy study tour

Dr R Sukhyar, Director General of Mineral and Coal at the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, led a delegation to Perth, Western Australia in November. The focus of the delegation  was on mining and processing policy and governance, and commercial and economic aspects of the mining and processing industry. IM4DC arranged a program […]

Action Research highlight: Future mining with plants?

An IM4DC-sponsored Action Research project is assisting with the development of hyperaccumulator phytotechnology in Zambia. The Copper-Cobalt Belt of Zambia is one of the richest metallophyte (plants endemic to metal-enriched soils) locations in the world. The concomitant occurrence of hyperaccumulator species (metallophytes able to accumulate up to 2% copper and cobalt metal in their living […]

IM4DC hosts Indonesian Mineral Revenue study tour

IM4DC, in collaboration with the Australian Treasury, hosted a delegation from the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in November to examine Australian approaches to mining-related taxation. The Government of Indonesia views Australia as a leading practice nation in revenue design and management within overall mining policy, and is keen […]