In October, IM4DC Alumni and IM4DC Alumni Coordinator, Muza Gondwe participated in the Mining and Agriculture Symposium From Resource Curse to Development Driver in Kampala, Uganda, organised by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Alumni from the Australia Awards and the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) with backgrounds in mining, agriculture, health and public policy also participated.
The symposium addressed the question: How can we maximise the development benefits of mining and agriculture in Africa, and provided an opportunity for participants to share their research and activities, focusing on the open exchange of ideas. Rather than formal papers, alumni participants produced posters that described their work and promoted debate and engagement.
Participants discussed ways to maximise the development benefits of mining and agriculture in Africa. Alumni joined discussions with a broad range of other experts in the mining and agriculture fields from across Africa and Australia.
The aims of the Symposium were to:
- Capture the emerging lessons and findings from the experiences of Alumni and other participants on how Australia can best deliver support through sharing its experience in the mining and agriculture sectors
- Identify common interests to engage in further research or education amongst Alumni and other participants
- Facilitate the design of potential new research and education collaborations for participants to pursue through the networks formed at the Symposium.