Collaboration between the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and IM4DC was cemented on 5 November when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced at the UNECA Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The MoU formalises the working relationship that began 14 months ago.
IM4DC and AMDC have worked together on a number of projects in the delivery of capacity-building in mining for development, including joint presentation of short course training, development of a practical guide for leading practice negotiation, collaboration in presenting the first Emerging Leaders in African Mining program and participation of AMDC staff in IM4DC programs. The two institutions are currently planning additional collaborative short courses and research in 2015.
The MoU aims to further the role of minerals in Africa’s transformation and the achievement of its development goals. It links AMDC’s pivotal role in supporting implementation of the African Mining Vision with IM4DC’s provision of Australian expertise and experience.
The announcement was attended by Mr Collen Kelapile, Chief of Office of Partnerships, UNECA; Ambassador Mark Sawers, Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia; Ms Josephine Ulmwenga, Director Department of Administration, UNECA; Jeremy Webb, Acting Officer in charge, AMDC; and Richard Slattery, Deputy Director Operations and Business Development, IM4DC.
The MoU provides for cooperation in short courses on mining for development, joint research on topics of interest and mutual assistance between the two institutions, study tours and fellowships, peer-to-peer learning and skills development.
In the three years since IM4DC’s launch, IM4DC has hosted just more than 1,000 African participants from 43 countries on its short courses, study tours and fellowships. These alumni came from a wide range of sectors, including universities, government institutions and NGOs. This alumni network forms a valuable community of practice to support Africa’s pursuit of its mining vision to have transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development.