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 in a plenary session on the role of women in the mining sector, based on CSRM’s experience in Australia and developing countries. Women play an important role in the mining sector and the broader economy, but are often excluded from mainstream commercial mining activities, and hence do not fully benefit from economic gains of mining in their communities. The session discussed the key problems and underlying systemic challenges to women’s greater inclusion and benefitting from the mining sector, and shared some of the lessons learned in realising women’s vast potential for maximizing the social and economic impact of mineral development in a country.
Isabel’s presentation is available here
Ian took part in a panel discussion on education and training. His introductory presentation is available here
Education and training is a central issue for the mining sector to operate sustainably and to contribute to broader sustainability in a host country. Building skills and capacities is an essential first step in both the development of the sector from exploration through production, as well as in its effective oversight and governance at all levels. Unlocking the larger development potential of mining investments also means developing skills in the many indirect areas outside of the sector, including planning and infrastructure, and the provision of a range of goods and services. The key to sustainability lies in the human capital that mining investments and revenues can build. This panel explored education and training as both a necessary input and outcome of mineral development.