Ghana Regional Development and Mining course

Ghana Regional Development and Mining course

In August 2013, IM4DC delivered a two-week Regional Development and Mining course in Accra, Ghana, in conjunction with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Affairs (GIMPA). 

GIMPA hosted the course on its campus in Northern Accra, the first such collaboration between IM4DC and GIMPA for the delivery of education and training activities. 

The course was taught by Professor Veronica Huddleston, Professor Paul Huddleston and Professor Matthew Tonts from the School of Earth and Environment at The University of Western Australia. 

Following a similar program held in Western Australia earlier in March 2013, the Regional Development and Mining course delivered in Accra included representatives from governments, academic institutions and civil society organisations.

A total of 20 representatives from six countries – Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia – participated. 

The program focused on how developing subnational regions can enhance the economic and social benefits from mining. It examined: regional investment, employment generation, enterprise development, local firm integration into resource projects, infrastructure and service development, landholder management and regional governance. Case studies were presented throughout the course and participants were also introduced to various databases and utilities statistics.