The Mining for Development Conference will be a two day event consisting of plenary and concurrent sessions aimed at building links and sharing knowledge between donor countries, developing countries and other stakeholders in the mining for development field.  Sessions will focus on the critical goal of ensuring that mining revenues translate into long-term benefits for communities around the world.

The program will also allow plenty of time for networking between participants and there will be a conference dinner on Monday 20 May 2013 for all delegates.



Monday 20 May

0800 Registration, refreshments and networking

Plenary one


Conference welcome


Message from the Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs


Keynote one: Mining for development: a priority for Australian aid

Peter Baxter, Director General, AusAID

The Australian Government has made a major financial and institutional commitment to support for mining for development.  What is the rationale for this?  What are Australia’s strategies?


Keynote two: Success factors for inclusive development from mining

Paul Collier, Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University and author of ‘The Bottom Billion

Mining should lead to improved economic and social outcomes in resource-rich nations and regions, but the record of achieving sustainable benefits is patchy.  What is the potential of mining for development?  What are the factors necessary to success?


Keynote three: Responding to fast-changing community aspirations

The mining industry must meet national and community expectations and aspirations if it is to maintain its licence-to-operate.  What are the main challenges to this and how can we address them?


Morning tea


Plenary two: Realising the opportunities and meeting the challenges

HE Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister for Mines, Afghanistan

The potential benefits of mining, such as employment, community and local level development and increased revenues are high, but there are many challenges to be addressed.  What is needed to improve engagement and capacity to achieve inclusive and sustainable outcomes?

1230 Conference lunch: Mining and equitable development

Plenary three: Addressing gender issues in mining for development

Mining can have different impacts on men and women. How should women be engaged in all aspects of mining for development to ensure that the benefits are equitably managed?

1500 Afternoon tea 

Plenary four: Developing human capacity and leadership for change

Dr Ernesto Sirolli, Chairman and CEO, The Sirolli Institute

Antonio Pedro, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and African Minerals Development Centre

What are the approaches to developing the human capacity and leadership necessary to achieve innovative and sustainable mining development practices?

1630 Plenary five: Summary and wrap up of day one

Conclusion of day one


1900 Conference dinner, Doltone House, Pyrmont


Tuesday 21 May


Plenary six: Building good governance for mining and development

Professor Michael L Ross, Professor of Political Science, University of California, and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Erik Solheim, Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee

In order to achieve inclusive and sustainable development or resource-rich economies, high standards of governance are needed at the national, subnational, community and industry levels.  What are the necessary components of good governance?

1030 Morning tea 

Concurrent session one (a): Strengthening subnational governance

Exploring the policy settings, practices, engagement mechanisms and capacity needed to underpin an effective approach to subnational development arising from mining.


Concurrent session one (b): Frameworks for negotiation and agreement making

Effective frameworks are needed to facilitate negotiation and agreement between communities, companies and governments that deliver broad-based and sustainable development. What are the leading practices in achieving effective agreement making?

1230 Conference lunch: Achieving inclusive development through collective impact

Concurrent session two (a): Managing conflict through positive stakeholder relationships

Aidan Davy, Director, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Managing conflict and ensuring that all stakeholders communicate to agree on positive outcomes is key to ensuring broad-based development benefits.  What are the key strategies for working towards effective conflict prevention?


Concurrent session two (b): Building sustainable local enterprise and employment

What are the effective policies and practices that facilitate sustainable local, regional and national enterprise and employment for the benefit of communities and the wider economy?

1530 Afternoon tea 

Closing plenary: Maximising the benefits – the way forward

The Hon Clare Short, International Chair, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

1700 Conclusion of day two


* Please note that the conference organisers reserve the right to amend the program without notice.  The most up to date version of the program will always be found on this website.