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
The third Emerging Leaders in Africa Mining Program was delivered in Cape Town alongside the Investing in African Mining Indaba. It involved a group of over 20 emerging leaders from across African governments, civil society organisations, academia and industry. Attendees participated in a week of specific leadership training followed by a week of engagement with stakeholders at the African Mining Indaba, one of the largest global mining conferences. The program was supported by the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) programme on Development Minerals.
The Papua New Guinea Mining and Energy Alumni Forum with the theme “Multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration in mining and energy for development: practical experiences and outcomes” brought together over 30 Papua New Guinean Alumni to share practical experiences on resource estimation, royalties, community readiness and alluvial mining. Ms Hakaua Harry, Secretary, Department of National Planning and Monitoring gave the keynote in which she spoke about PNG’s development plan.
The winners of the M4DLink Between mining and farming photo competition were funded to attend the ‘Between the pick and the plough’ Conference on ASM at Australian National University in Canberra, along with two other MEfDA alumni working in this field. The winners, Omar Pidani from Indonesia and Professor Carmelita Martinez from the Philippines, both presented their posters outlining their work with ASM communities to an appreciative audience.
MEfDA delivered a two day program supporting current and future generations of Papua New Guinean leaders, to consider public policy challenges and opportunities in the extractives sector. The program brought together a mix of public servants, along with key industry players, land owner and state owned enterprise representatives.
High level representation through 20 senior government and industry presenters shared current and practical insights and experience which provided participants direct access to leaders and decision makers in the sector
It was supported by the Australian Governments in partnership with ExxonMobil PNG.
Shianny Vasquez and Natalia Daza winners of the M4DLink competition “Successful Collaborations in Socially Responsible Mining” at the 3rd Social Responsibility in Mining Conference in Chile.
MEfDA hosted a visit from the Mongolian Ministry of Mining when they visited Perth. The delegation included the State Secretary of the Ministry of Mining. They were interested learning about Australia’s experience in managing the social and environmental issues related to mining industry.
MEfDA in conjunction with the Australia High Commission, Kenya, Australia Awards Africa, and the Kenyan Alumni Local Coordinating Committee organised the Kenya Mining for Development Alumni Forum. Over 30 Kenyan Alumni gathered to share lessons on the theme “Building inclusive partnerships in extractives for sustainable development.”
The winners of the M4DLink Gender and Extractives Photo Competition attended the UN Women Regional Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractive Industry. MEfDA had a stall at the Sharefair that displayed the winning pictures from Georgette Barnes on women’s voice in decision-making, leadership, and peace-building and Eulalie Tanteliniony and Monica Mosha on women’s economic empowerment.
Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance sponsored academics from three universities in Zambia and Mozambique to present on “Strategies for addressing challenges facing mining schools” at the regional conference of the Society of Mining Professors.
In collaboration with Austrade and the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, MEfDA organised a two day workshop on Sustainable Mining Practices for Vietnamese stakeholders. The workshop was based around the Australian Government’s Leading Practice in Sustainable Development in Mining Program, and was facilitated by Professor David Mulligan from UQ’s SMI Centre of Mined Land Rehabilitation and Professor David Laurence from UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices. It involved a total of 20 participants from government, industry and civil society, and was followed by a half-day workshop with Vietnamese government officials focussed on regulatory frameworks and processes for environmental protection.