MEfDA aims to deliver an integrated program of activities with the education program at the core supplemented by applied research, leadership development activities and events for the global network of alumni and experts. These activities are underpinned institutional collaborations
With a grant from the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA), the Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy (ACEMP) took a multi-stakeholder team from Uganda on a study tour to Rwanda to learn how the Rwandan government governs its Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) sector.
The study tour gave the Ugandan Team an opportunity to see how the ASM sector operates both in theory and practice. From workshops to filed visits in the mines, the team was presented with essential learnings ranging from best practices in health and safety, to community and women participation in mining projects. The team learnt about Rwanda’s implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) – a system of tagging and following conflict minerals from the mine to the market in order to prevent illicit trading that may fuel violence and conflict in the Region, which has elevated Rwanda’s position in the Region as the source of legitimate artisanally mined minerals.
International Women in Mining (IWiM) is excited to announce the winners of its photo competition sponsored by De Beers and MEfDA.
Over 200 inspirational photos were received that illustrate the significant positive contributions that women are making in achieving an inclusive, thriving, safe and responsible mining industry.
Congratulations to Impact and Influence grand prize winner Elsa Nielsen, a jackleg miner at Goldcorp – Hoyle Pond Mine, Canada whose image “They thought I couldn’t do it” demonstrates a woman’s strength, tenacity and determination to achieve against all odds.
The second Transfer Pricing in Mining workshop was held May 8th to 12th 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. The aim of the workshop was to improve the capability of African tax administrations to ensure that legitimate tax revenue from mining activities undertaken in their countries is not diminished by the transfer pricing/profit shifting practices of multinational enterprises (MNEs).
There were 49 attendees from 15 countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Cote d”Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal and Togo) representing tax administrations, Ministries of Mines and Ministries of Finance and civil society organisations. AMDC sponsored 33 participants and World Bank sponsored 16 places. The workshop was delivered by a panel of mining and transfer pricing specialists with significant experience in both industry and government representing Centre for Exploration Targeting, World Bank, Africa Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), Africa Tax Administrations Forum (ATAF) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
The Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) in collaboration with the West African Alumni Forum Committee and Australia Awards for Africa is proud to have hosted the West African Alumni Forum April 27th and 28th, 2017 at Holiday Inn, Accra, Ghana.
The event brought together over 80 West and Central African alumni from different sectors and disciplines from Australian government funded programs (MEfDA, IM4DC, Australia Africa Partnership Facility (AAPF), Australia Awards) to consider the theme “Investing in West African mining for sustainable regional development”. Keynote speakers included His Excellency Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner; Honourable Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana; Henry Antwi, Head of Mining and Metals at Oman Oil Company; and Dr Kojo Busia, Coordinator, Africa Minerals Development Centre.
The Transfer Pricing in Mining workshop was held March 13th to 16th 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The aim of the workshop was to improve the capability of African tax administrations to ensure that legitimate tax revenue from mining activities undertaken in their countries is not diminished by the transfer pricing/profit shifting practices of multinational enterprises (MNEs).
There were 32 attendees from 16 countries (Botswana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) representing tax administrations, Ministries of Mines and Ministries of Finance. AMDC sponsored 30 participants and World Bank sponsored 2 places. The workshop was delivered by a panel of mining and transfer pricing specialists with significant experience in both industry and government representing Centre for Exploration Targeting, Africa Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), Africa Tax Administrations Forum (ATAF) and a former Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Alumni from Indonesia, Philippines and Fiji presented at the Community mining in Indonesia: Minimising harm, maximising benefits international conference. The conference provided an opportunity to discuss the impacts of community mining (artisanal and small scale mining) and to explore strategies to minimise harm and maximise benefits. National and international experts from government agencies, universities, industry and NGOs discussed legislative reform and recommendations for government.
In partnership with Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), MEfDA hosted a competition on Community Participation in Mining and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The winners of the competition were sponsored to present their case studies at the IGF AGM on Mining and SDGs in Geneva October 2016. On the sidelines of the AGM, MEfDA hosted an alumni event.
MEfDA in conjunction with GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) convened the Mongolia Alumni Forum with the theme “Australia-Mongolia: Mining and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Mongolia”. The aims of the forum were to discuss current challenges and opportunities facing Mongolia in relation to mining and SDGs and to provide a learning opportunity for local journalists who are specialising in mining and economics to develop broader perspectives on sustainable development outcomes of mining in Mongolia.
The Philippine Mining and Energy Development Alumni Forum with the theme “Raising the Philippine Standard in Responsible Mining” was held in September 2016. It was attended by alumni, government, NGOs, mining executives, and academics from across the Philippines. Participants discussed themes of environmental responsibility, risk mitigation, economic responsibility and social responsibility.
In July, a multi-sector team from Ghana visited Ethiopia to learn about artisanal and small scale gold mining good practices. The team met with Ministry officials, international donors and NGO. The Ghanaian delegation also visited an artisanal mining site and a gold purchasing centre. The study tour concluded with an alumni networking event for Ethiopian alumni and invited guests.