Public private partnerships for community development and empowerment workshop

A workshop on public private partnerships for community development and empowerment is part of a collaborative research program between the Directorate General of Minerals and Coal at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) in Indonesia and the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland.

In mid-May, UQ’s CSRM, with support from IM4DC, hosted five Indonesian senior officials from MEMR to participate in the workshop in Brisbane. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the Ministry’s capacity to develop evidence-based policies for the MEMR agenda to draft the community development and empowerment aspects of the regulations. Participants heard from academics and Queensland Government officials about diverse examples of public private partnerships, covering both social and economic infrastructure. Case studies were also presented on policies and frameworks for agreements between communities and mining companies.

The workshop was convened by Bernadetta Devi, a CSRM Research Manager and Dr Jo-Anne Everingham, a CSRM Senior Research Fellow.