A total of 148 delegates from 23 countries gathered in Perth, Western Australia last month to hear from IM4DC Alumni global experts, academics, industry and community leaders, to share their knowledge and experiences, discuss critical issues and build networks in mining for development.
The events were the annual Mining for Development Alumni Forum and Conference hosted by IM4DC at UWA. They provided a platform for emerging leaders in mining and development to discuss how benefits can be realised from mining in their various mining, development and national working contexts.
The spotlight was firmly on case studies of how the overarching theme of ‘shared goals – realising benefits’ is being activated around the world though application of leading practice in all facets of mining governance. The forum and conference explored strategies of how to continue to work together across geographical, cultural and sectoral boundaries to maximise benefits to communities in resource-rich developing nations.
Presentations focused directly on four key themes:
- Engage: How do we engage leaders of today and tomorrow in leading practice and new ideas? How do we bring stakeholders and communities on the journey?
- Develop: How do we develop networks and build knowledge, understanding and capacity? How do we share new ideas and innovative thinking?
- Empower: How do we empower ourselves and others to act as agents of change to improve people’s lives? What role can mining play in gender equality?
- Influence: How do we extend and leverage our networks to influence the development of policies, legislation and global practice to achieve lasting benefits?
The events included a number of eminent speakers from government, academia and NGOs in Australia and partner countries. The highlight presentations, however, came from IM4DC Alumni from resource-rich developing countries who provided diverse case studies on how they and their organisations are implementing change.
The forum and conference helped all who participated learn from the successes and shortcomings of mining and development to date, in order to build enhanced models for inclusive economic growth and social benefit based on responsible development of mineral and energy resources.
Presentations from the forum can be found at: http://im4dc.org/alumni/alumni-forum-2015/presentations/
Presentations from the conference, including the Empowered Women in Mining breakfast can be found at: http://im4dc.org/m4d-conference/m4d-conference-2015/presentations/
IM4DC will be preparing a Forum and Conference Summary which will be available on our website soon.