Q and A with an IM4DC Research Student

During April 2014, IM4DC hosted postgraduate research student Abigail Ayikwei from the University of Ghana as part of an IM4DC Student Action Research Program. IM4DC eNews spoke to Abigail.  Currently in the second year of her master’s degree, supervised by UWA’s Winthrop Professor Mark Jessell, Abigail’s project focuses on the integrated interpretation of the Bui […]

New journal launched – The Extractives Industries and Society

The inaugural issue of The Extractives Industries and Society has been released. This exciting new international journal will provide a much-needed space for debate on key issues in the mining and oil and gas sectors, bringing together academics, the NGO community, industry, donors, activists and policymakers.  Disseminating in-depth analysis of the socio-economic and environmental impacts […]

Discussions with Peru on mining and sustainability

In late May 2014, IM4DC conducted a briefing for Peru parliamentarians on mining policy and how IM4DC is supporting Peru to develop a sustainable mining industry. The delegation was visiting Sydney as part of a study tour on mining and economic development, hosted by the Australian Government.  IM4DC Director, Ian Satchwell, explained to the delegation […]

Julie Bishop prioritises economic diplomacy with Latin America

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has highlighted how mutual interests between Latin American countries and Australia can be enhanced through the Australian Government’s policy of economic diplomacy.  Speaking to an event as part of the Latin America Down Under Conference in Sydney on 28 May 2014, Ms Bishop told the audience of industry and government delegates […]

Australian lessons for Uganda

A visit to the Goldfields in regional Western Australia has left a positive impression on one IM4DC Alumnus.  After spending a month participating in an IM4DC short course focused on Regional Development for Resource Regions, Chris Musiime, Manager for ActionAid’s Oil Project in Uganda, wrote about his experiences and interactions throughout the visit.  His story […]

Discussion with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, of Columbia University and Ian Satchwell, IM4DC Director, met recently in Perth to discuss mining and development, the work of IM4DC and collaborations with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). Professor Sachs chairs the CCSI, which is a global center with eleven full-time staff operating on three continents including Australia, student […]

Mines inspector curriculum design for Indonesia

Following the workshop on mines inspector competencies in health, safety and environment in Bandung, Indonesia in early May 2014, a group of five staff from the Education and Training Centre for Minerals and Coal in Bandung and one senior mines inspector from the Ministry in Jakarta visited Brisbane, Australia to continue the development and refinement […]

Mining and Development – Mongolia and Australia

David Brereton, Deputy Director Research Integration, Sustainable Minerals Institute, and IM4DC associate was recently interviewed on a Mongolian television program de facto by Jargal Dambadarjaa, a leading public affairs commentator.  The interview canvasses a proposed community cooperation agreement and a range of topics relating to mining, development and sustainability in Mongolia and Australia.  The interview can […]

Women in Mining and Resources Latin America

WIMLATAM, the new Women in Mining and Resources Latin America group, started by three University of Queensland Alumni, has published a short report on the first WIMLATAM workshop in Chile in April 2014.  The workshop, Integrating a gender lens into the industry, discussed several aspects of gender and mining, including recruitment and retention of women, and […]

IM4DC project plays important role in Mongolia’s mining boom

An IM4DC-funded research project that looks into the connection between gender based violence (GBV) and mining, has led to the Mongolian Government signing an agreement with a mining company to tackle the problem.  The purpose of the research was to improve the understanding of GBV experienced in mining communities, by examining whether the proximity of […]

Course on Manual and Automated Workflows for Data Integration and Exploration Targeting

IM4DC together with the Southern and Eastern Minerals Information Centre (SEAMIC) in East Africa will collaborate on the delivery of a course on Manual and Automated Workflows for Data Integration and Exploration Targeting in August 2014.  Strong African demand for geoscience training has been identified by IM4DC, and geological surveys in Africa have specifically requested […]

IM4DC hosts Cambodian delegation on a fact finding tour of Western Australia

IM4DC hosted a government and industry mining delegation from Cambodia in early May 2014 during a fact finding tour of Western Australia. The seven-day tour was coordinated by the Cambodian Association for Mining and Exploration Companies (CAMEC) and IM4DC. Senior officials from the newly-established Ministry of Mines and Energy, plus two CAMEC representatives, visited resource-rich […]

Message from the Director – ‘Brand Australia’ is Globally Leading in Latin America

I recently returned from Latin America, where I met with representatives of governments, industry, universities and NGO’s – plus IM4DC Alumni. Discussions focused on issues surrounding resources extraction, economic growth and social development, Australian and Latin American experience in dealing with them, and priorities from IM4DC in the region.  In all my discussions, I was […]

Workshop on Improving Mining Tax Collection and Administration Frameworks in Africa

IM4DC in collaboration with the World Bank will present the second of three scheduled four-day workshops on Improving Mining Tax Collection and Administration Frameworks in Africa, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in May 2014.  The workshop is based on findings of a World Bank study conducted in 2012 and 2013, which reviewed mining taxation administration […]

Evaluation of Impact of IM4DC Activities

Research undertaken by the Accelerated Learning Laboratory (ALL) at The University of Western Australia suggests that IM4DC programs have enabled alumni to apply their learning into practice and to bring about changes to their work and organisations.  The project aimed to assess impact of IM4DC activities to date and to inform understanding of how IM4DC’s […]

Mediation in the Mining Industry Training Course

IM4DC in collaboration with the Faculty of Law at The University of Western Australia (UWA) is organising a course on Mediation in the Mining Industry, to be held in Perth in May. The six-day training course will involve participants from government, academia, civil society and industry in developing countries, as well as Australian mining industry […]

Community Aspects of Resource Developments Short Course

IM4DC will present a four-week flagship course on Community Aspects of Resource Developments between 28 July and 22 August 2014. To be held in Brisbane, Australia the short course will host 20 representatives from governments, civil society and academic institutions from developing countries.  The themes explored in this short course will range from the global […]

Accident and Incident Investigation Training in Zambia

The next stage of a training program on mining accident and incident investigation will be delivered in Kitwe, Zambia in May 2014. IM4DC, through The University of Queensland (UQ) Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) Mining Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC), will present a five-day training program for inspectors from the Zambian Mines Safety Department (MSD), […]

IM4DC Alumni Forum – July 2014

Following on from last year’s successful IM4DC Alumni Forum, a second Alumni Forum will take place this year in July 2014 in Brisbane.  To be held at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus in the new advanced Engineering Building, the IM4DC hosted forum will involve up to 100 participants from developing countries around the […]