Transforming and Empowering the Africa’s Minerals Sector through Partnerships
The Minerals Africa Development Institution (MADI) Limited is a social enterprise registered in Uganda as a Company Limited by Guarantee with an aim of supporting African countries in sustainable mineral resources development. MADI was established to de-risk the African minerals sector to ensure that there are mutual social and economic benefits accruing equitably to all key stakeholders (public, private and communities), while protecting the environment.
For MADI, partnerships for equitable minerals sector in Africa are of utmost importance. Thus, for our institution, it is imperative to work with the African Union (AU) and other African and international agencies supporting the social, environmental, economic development and structural transformation of Africa in an inclusive and sustainable manner as defined by Africa’s Agenda 2063, Global 2030, and the Africa Mining Vision (AMV).
However, partnerships with official African and international development institutions are not going to bring the expected outcomes unless the other key stakeholders such as private mining companies, miners, artisanal miners, governments, local communities and associations, including universities, research institutions and academia are left aside. We should also not forget important factors such as diversity and inclusion, having in mind the unique characteristics of the African minerals sector formal and informal workforce as their challenges continue to plague the sector as written by South Africa’s DIMI Chairperson, S. Ndlovu. (https://www.saimm.co.za/journal-comments/784-empowering-the-african-minerals-industry-through-diversity-and-inclusion)
The Policy Framework for Successful Partnerships
At MADI, we recognize that each partnership in the Minerals Sector in Africa can be more beneficial for Africans if they are linked to and support the delivery of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), Africa’s Agenda 2063, Global 2030, and the Africa Mining Vision (AMV). SDG 17 specifically promotes public, private and civil society partnerships.
The dialogue with potential partners with the common interests and objectives in the minerals sector in Africa is a first step towards a more structured engagement at the African level. For MADI, the aim is to establish a framework for concrete partnerships to support our own goals and objectives for de-risking the African minerals sector to ensure that there are mutual social and economic benefits accruing equitably to all key stakeholders. Equally important is that our partnerships must work towards supporting the delivery of the SDGs in Africa. In the next step, MADI works with partners to identify areas in which such a partnership could be most effective in order to identify concrete actions and expected outcomes.
MADI’s principles for partners in a successful partnership are: