IM4DC Alumni Day in Zambia

More than 100 Zambian alumni and associates participated in the IM4DC Alumni Day in Lusaka, Zambia on 2 December. The forum was presented in cooperation with the new Zambia Mining for Development (ZAM4D) association, which was officially launched on the day. The forum brought together alumni from all of the Australian Government’s mining–focused development assistance […]

Resource Conservation short course

Ensuring optimal use of ore reserves is the focus of a Resource Conservation short course being presented by the UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute for IM4DC in December. Focused on resource conservation and the role of government, the program will give an overview of key concepts, methods and case study examples in the field of resource […]

Environmental Management in Mining short course

IM4DC will shortly invite applications for its 2015 Environmental Management in Mining short course. The program will engage up to 20 representatives of governments, civil society organisations and academic institutions from developing countries. Over four weeks based at The University of Queensland, the course will include opportunities to interact with other IM4DC participants and participate […]

African Minerals Development Centre and IM4DC collaborate in Africa

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 […]

What’s on in December… and early 2015

On top of a busy November, IM4DC’s program continues in December, before a short program break for the festive season and the month of January. During December, IM4DC’s program includes: Final two weeks of Occupational Health and Safety Leadership short course, Perth, Australia; presented by UWA Centre for Safety Resource Conservation short course, Brisbane, Australia; […]

Message from the Director – Creating shared value through collaboration

In September eNews, I highlighted the concept of Creating Shared Value that has been developed at Harvard University and is now gaining currency across business, including the minerals and petroleum sectors. I noted how progressive stakeholders in mining and development across government, civil society and business have been seeking outcomes from mining investment that represent […]

IM4DC and CSRM participate in Intergovernmental Forum AGM

Isabel Cane, Research Manager at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), and IM4DC’s Ian Satchwell participated in the Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development held In Geneva in October. The meeting and side events attracted some 240 participants from more than 30 countries. Isabel presented […]

Millennium Development Goals and Development Indicators Workshop – Papua New Guinea

Exchanging local and international knowledge in measurement against indicators to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the focus of a workshop held in Lae in August. A total of 55 local and international participants attended the workshop at the PNG University of Technology (UniTech). The workshop was co-hosted by […]

Transfer Pricing in Mining – An African Perspective

A briefing note Transfer pricing in mining: An African Perspective, has been published by IM4DC, the World Bank (WBG) and the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) at The University of Western Australia. The report highlights the objectives, methodology and current progress of a study on transfer pricing with specific focus on mining in Africa. The […]

Mining and Agriculture Symposium: From Resource Curse to Development Driver

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 […]

IM4DC alumni giving women miners skills to better their future

Three IM4DC alumni from Madagascar are working with women gemstone miners in Madagascar to extend their skills to enhance value of their production. Mr Tsialoninarivo Rahajary, Development Senior Manager, SAF/FJKM; Mrs Herizo Harimalala Tsiverisoa, Director of Education Institute, Gemmologie of Madagascar; and Ms Harisoa Eulalie Tanteliniony, Socio-Organizer, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Madagascar travelled to Brisbane, […]

Resettlement symposium in South Africa

In October, the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) held a special symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods at Skukuza in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Delegates from 41 countries travelled to South Africa to discuss how to improve the global practice of resettlement and livelihood. Kruger National park was an inspired setting, not just because […]

Geotechnical and environmental management of large volume waste

Effective management of large volume waste from mining is a key issue for African nations that are rich in minerals and coal. During November, representatives of governments, civil society organisations, academic institutions and industry from East Africa will participate in a short course focusing on geotechnical and environmental management of large volume waste. To be […]

IM4DC Alumni Day in Peru

More than 50 IM4DC Alumni and associates from Peru participated in the IM4DC Alumni Day in Lima on Monday 13 October 2014. The forum was presented in cooperation with Universidad del Pacifico. Alumni from government, civil society, academia and industry heard keynote presentations and participated in interactive workshop discussions on the theme ‘Mining for development […]

What’s on in November

IM4DC has a busy program in November and December with activities in Australia and Africa. Here’s a summary: Mining Tax Design and Administration workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (with World Bank and African Minerals Development Centre) Resource Conservation short course, Brisbane, Australia (with Indonesian Education and Training Centre for Minerals and Coal and other Asia Pacific […]

Action Research commissions by IM4DC

IM4DC has commissioned ten new Action Research projects out of 35 applications from university-based researchers. The projects are as follows: Project Lead Researcher Notes A community’s ‘right to know’: Adding practical support to the idea of prior consultation Associate Professor Deanna Kemp, UQ SMI Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Collaborations with PNG Chamber of […]

Message from the Director – Creating shared value through collaboration

The IM4DC Alumni Forum in July and mining conferences in August and September have demonstrated how Australia and its partner countries in energy, minerals and development are collaborating to help create ‘shared value’. Shared value is a concept introduced by Professor Michael E. Porter and Mark Kramer of Harvard University in 2011. It involves creating […]

IM4DC review finds program is of high quality and value

A review of the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC), commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), has found that IM4DC is delivering a program of high quality and value for money. The report of the Mid-Term Review of IM4DC is available here The review assessed that IM4DC is highly relevant to the […]

Recent IM4DC publications

IM4DC has published a range of new publications, as follows: 50 pieces of advice to an official who is engaged in the negotiation of mining contracts: a handbook – produced in collaboration with the Governments of Cameroon and Liberia, and The University of Western Australia Faculty of Law here Alumni Forum 2014 Highlights – summary of discussions at […]

Workshop for improving regulatory approaches to mine closure and rehabilitation in Mongolia

In September 2014, IM4DC co-hosted a workshop in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia focused on Improving regulatory approaches to mine closure and rehabilitation with the General Agency for Specialised Inspection (GASI) and BGR (German Mineral Resources Agency). The workshop was aimed at supporting the Mongolian government in its efforts to establish national unified mine rehabilitation and closure regulations […]