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Partnerships in Mining that Spark Community Development: The Devonshire Initiative

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Partnerships in Mining that Spark Community Development: The Devonshire Initiative

Time: October 24, 2013 from 12:30pm to 2pm
Location: World Bank
City/Town: Washington
Event Type: presentation
Organized By: World Bank's Sustainable Energy, Oil, Gas and Mining Unit and the World Bank Institute's Governance for Extractive Industries Program
Latest Activity: Oct 22, 2013

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Presentation by

Edward (Ted) Thomas, Executive Director, Devonshire Initiative

Discussants

  • Christopher Sheldon, Unit Sector Manager, Sustainable Energy, Oil, Gas and Mining Unit, World Bank 
  • TBC, Pact Worldwide

Moderated by
Michael Jarvis, Program Leader, Governance for Extractive Industries Program Leader, World Bank Institute


Interested in learning about partnership models that translate into better outcomes for mining?
Collaboration and partnerships are at the center of how the Devonshire Initiative reaches its objectives.

This initiative is a forum based in Canada that brings together leading international development NGOs and mining companies in response to the emerging social agenda surrounding mining and community development issues. The objective of the Devonshire Initiative is improved social and community development outcomes wherever Canadian mining companies operate overseas. It works to develop a constructive space in which stakeholders can discuss complex problems facing mining and development, identify common opportunities, and develop innovative on-the-ground collaboration.

The Devonshire Initiative network currently has pilot projects that involve NGO-Mining Partnerships in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Peru. This session will highlight the experience of the International NGO Pact Worldwide, member of the Devonshire Initiative network, working on extractive industries and artisanal mining.

About the Speaker:

Edward has been involved with the Devonshire Initiative in a variety of capacities since 2007. He is a specialist in international development, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. With proven management experience in the extractives industries and development, he has worked on the leading edge of international sustainability standards, multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnership facilitation, and community development planning.

Edward has worked collaboratively with a broad cross section of clients in the private sector, development and environmental NGOs, international organizations, and government, to tailor responses to gaps in international development policy and practice. He is a specialist of East and Southern Africa, where he has substantial practice in both field research and policy-making, along with in-depth knowledge of local government politics and the mining sector. As a proven leader in the field, Edward has developed extensive networks in the areas of extractives industries, sustainability, governance, and security. Past work experience includes with the United Nations, Plan, World Vision, CUSO (VSO), AMREF, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Canadian Department of National Defence, in a variety of headquarters and international field locations.

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