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Sponsorship available to attend Regional Training Workshop on ‘Neglected Development Minerals’

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is pleased to announce that applications are now open for sponsorship to a Regional Training Workshop on Environment, Community, Health and Safety in the 'Neglected Development Minerals Sector' in Accra, Ghana, March 15-18, 2016. 

Successful applicants from the following countries will be sponsored to participate in the workshop: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Sierra Leone. The deadline for applications is February 1st 2016.

'Neglected Development Minerals' refers to industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones, and semi-precious stones. The mining of 'Neglected Development Minerals' has important implications for sustainable development, however, they have not to date received adequate attention for their potential to impact livelihoods; and few development programmes have provided support for this mining sub-sector.

Often referred to as Low Value Minerals and Materials (LVMM) due to their low price as a function of their weight, and their relatively low value to international commodity markets, 'Neglected Development Minerals' provide crucial inputs for infrastructure, manufacturing, construction and agriculture and have the potential to be high value in terms of domestic economic development. The mining of 'Neglected Development Minerals' can, however, be associated with significant social and environmental impacts, with consequences for the health and safety of workers and surrounding communities.

Around forty (40) mid-level professionals will attend, representing public stakeholders such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders such as small-scale mining enterprises, associations, and business development centres; and social stakeholders such as civil society organizations and community groups. 

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and UNDP, and implemented by UNDP.

Applications will be accepted in both French and English: 

Application form - English

Appel a candidature - Français

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Comment by Ainsley Butler on January 29, 2016 at 16:31

Thank you for sharing - DDI's Sierra Leone team is very interested!


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