Gender and mining governance

In this course, you will learn how to foster women’s equal engagement in mining projects, how to take action to eliminate gender-based violence in affected communities, and understand how investment in gender equality and women’s leadership in mining governance can lead to stable and resilient communities.

Course starts: 2 November 2020
Course ends: 27 November 2020
Duration: 4 weeks
Estimated effort: 3 hours per week
Type: Massive online open course
Languages: English

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Do you need to make a stronger case for amplifying women’s voices in mining governance? Do you want to become more skilled at evaluating the impact of mining projects on communities, with a particular emphasis on women? Are you looking for recommendations on eliminating gender-based violence in mining operations and mining-affected communities? Are you interested in promoting or increasing investment in gender equality in mining governance, and not sure where to start?  

United Nations Development Programme, Environmental Governance Programme, and Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development are pleased to offer a FREE Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Gender and Mining Governance. This four-week course facilitated in English compiles research from leading institutions in the industry to build awareness and skills in regards to gender governance in the mining industry. 

Course highlights and outcomes

  • Gain the skills to build a strong case for strengthening women’s engagement in mining governance 
  • Interact with experts who are actively engaged in promoting gender equality in the mining industry
  • Join the community-of-practice committed to increasing women’s meaningful engagement in mining projects
  • Take a deep dive into rich learning materials
  • Receive a certificate of completion from the course partners

Learning objectives

By the time the course is completed, you will be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the impact of mining projects on communities, with a particular emphasis on projects’ impact on women 
  • Assess the importance and benefits of women’s participation and engagement in mining projects for communities, companies and governments
  • Outline the measures you can take to effectively eliminate gender-based violence in mining operations and mining-affected communities
  • Understand how investment in gender in mining governance can lead to stable and resilient communities

Course topics

The course will cover the following topics: 

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Gender and Mining Governance
  • Lesson 2: Women’s Participation in Decision-Making in the Mining Sector
  • Lesson 3: Gender-Based Violence in the Mining Sector
  • Lesson 4: Investment in Gender in Mining Governance

Course completion requirements

To receive the certificate of course completion, participants must:

  • Complete four online lessons
  • Pass four weekly quizzes 
  • Listen to all course lectures
  • Pass the final test
  • Complete the course survey

Click “Enroll” to register today. You will receive an orientation email with all the information in preparation for the course on 26 October 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning for Nature team at [email protected].

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Jose Miguel Muñoz Pinto

Hi everyone. This is Jose Miguel Muñoz Pinto. I’m from Peru. I am an environmental lawyer, I work for the goverment about supervis and regulatory law. I’d like to learn more about mining such is in Peru a huge economy engine and it produces tons of social conflicts where women can have a principal roll.

Christine Liswaniso

Hi everyone. my name is Christine Mulemwa Liswaniso, I am a Namibian. I work for Anti-Corruption Commission. I am passionate about governance issues such as transparency, accountability, integrity and ethics, because I believe that through good governance, Namibia or Africa, in particular, can achieve a lot. I am looking forward to learn how other countries are dealing with governance in relation to gender in the mining sector. Thanks.

Awaleh ABDI ALI

Hi dears everyone, my name is Awaleh from Djibouti. I work at ministry of energy and naturals resources or Djibouti. Glad To be in the course and learn about the gender relationship.
See you all on the 26th. thanks

Nar Bahadur Khatiwora

Hi everyone, this is near and glad to be here learning about nature and gender relationship

Harisoa Eulalie Tanteliniony

Hello everyone! my name is Rulalie Tanteliniony from Madagascar. I work with women in particular sapphire mining. These minerals are always expolited leaving the community in abject poverty with no opportunities. I hope this course will help me assist women to develop theur activities and I look forward to this course and more interaction with everyone.

Veira Pulekera

Hello, my name is Veira Pulekera, and Iam Solomon Islands. I work at Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster management and Meteorology (MECDM), Environment and Conservation Division. The ECD is responsible for Environment activities; Development control, Waste management and Pollution control , while the Conservation Unit responsible for Protected areas, CITES related work. My interest in this course is the development control component where is largely responsible for EIS, EIA and PER processes. Mining is now an alternate industry Solomon islands is eying after logging industry is slowly dying out. Thus, I would be very keen to learn new tools, and applications of theories used to better understand the mining sector, and human components likewise would address critical issues. Also would love hearing from our coordinators and colleagues during the interaction sessions in course later on.

Charity moyo

Hello my name is Charity Moyo from Zimbabwe. I work with women in particular gold mining wherein we avail mining loans,facilitation of training programmes for them as well. I look forward to this course and more interaction with everyone.

Kamga Constance

Hello everyone, i am Kamga Constance from Cameroon.I am excited to be here to join this group of marvelous people.We got alot of natural resources in Cameroon, minerals found everywhere.These minerals are always expolited leaving the indigens in abject poverty with no compensation. I hope this course will help me assist women to be engaged in decision making during negiciations on mining expliotations.See you all on the 26th.

Laura Botelho de Carvalho

Hi everyone, I’m Laura, Brazilian Biologist and McGill MBA living in Toronto. I have a passion for sustainability in the mining industry and I’m very interested in gender equity topics. I can’t wait to start this course and have amazing discussions with you all.

Pamphilious Faanu

Hello There!
I am Pamphilious Faanu, originally from Ghana but residing in Canada. I have a great interest in mining and gender studies. Preparing for Ph.D. studies next year on gender and mining-related topic.
I am looking for to learning from this platform. Stay safe and see you all soon.

Course Syllabus

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4

Week 1

Week 1 provides an overview of a wide range of gendered impacts of the mining sector on communities and outlines the framework for evaluating this impact, with a particular emphasis on women.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 1: Introduction to Gender and Mining Governance

Objectives:

  • Discuss the reasons behind a systematic exclusion of women’s participation in mining operations
  • Describe the key gendered impacts of mining on affected communities
  • Outline the framework for evaluating the impact of mining on affected communities, with a particular emphasis on women

Quiz 1: Introduction to Gender and Mining Governance

Quiz 1 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 1.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Nora Gotzmann, Danish Institute of Human Rights: Gender-responsive human rights due diligence
  • Paz Gallardo, Source International: Integrating gender into environmental and social impact assessments and other legal mechanisms and processes
  • Laura Grassi, Source International: Health impacts of mining on women

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • The costs of ignoring women’s voice in mining governance in Thailand
  • Gender Impact Assessment of artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania
  • Women’s engagement scheme in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. To what extent are women in your country engaged in the mining labor force? If the engagement level is low, what could be some of the reasons behind women’s exclusion? 
  2. How are communities affected by mining operations in your country? Are the impacts of mining different for women from mining communities? If so, describe how they are different.
  3. Imagine you are tasked with conducting a gender impact assessment to evaluate the impact of mining operations on women in your region. What resources will you need at your disposal to realise this task? What challenges do you anticipate to face as you are working on this assessment?

Week 2 explains the importance of women’s equal and meaningful representation in resource extraction projects not only for women's economic empowerment and social development, but also for the sustainability and success of mining operations, and provides recommendations for various stakeholders to facilitate this engagement.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 2: Women’s Participation in Decision-Making in the Mining Sector

Objectives:

  • Outline the benefits of women’s participation in the mining workforce and their engagement in community decision-making in mining projects 
  • Provide recommendations for governments, companies and civil society organizations to facilitate equal representation and engagement of women in mining governance, and to improve women’s employment in the mining sector

Quiz 2: Women’s Participation in Decision-Making in the Mining Sector

Quiz 2 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 2.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Gillian Davidson, International Women in Mining
  • Caroline Ngonze, United Nations Population Fund
  • Ann Chinweze, Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Lisa Caripis, Transparency International Australia
  • Maria J. Ezpeleta, Oxfam America

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • Gender diversity approach at Anglo American
  • Gender equity policy in the mining sector in Colombia
  • Women’s empowerment programs by Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) in Pakistan
  • The role of civil society in mining operations in Canada

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. Imagine you are asked with making a case for increasing women’s inclusion in the mining industry to your government and/or a mining company in your area. What would be your main argument?
  2. Imagine you are asked with proposing interventions for increasing women’s inclusion in the mining industry to your government and/or a mining company in your area. What would your proposal look like, and why would those interventions be particularly important in your context?
  3. Imagine you are asked with proposing interventions for increasing the participation of women from mining-affected communities in the decision-making processes in mining projects that affect their livelihoods, safety, customs and traditions. What would your proposal look like, and why would those interventions be particularly important in your context?

Week 3 focuses on gender-based violence in communities affected by mining operations, and provides recommendations and tools to effectively mitigate the risks of gender-based violence for the affected populations.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 3: Gender-Based Violence in the Mining Sector

Objectives:

  • Outline the reasons for an increase in gender-based violence in mining-affected communities
  • Explain the impacts of gender-based violence on women’s livelihoods in mining-affected communities
  • Provide recommendations for stakeholders for the elimination of gender-based violence in mining-affected communities

Quiz 3: Gender-Based Violence in the Mining Sector

Quiz 3 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 3.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Ege Tekinbas, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
  • Lema Ijtemaye, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • Sophie Kwizera, ActionAid

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • Gender-based violence in mining-affected communities in Mongolia
  • Gender-based violence and Inuit women in mining-affected communities in Canada
  • Police brutality around the Porgera Gold Mine, Papua New Guinea

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. Have you observed a correlation between the prevalence of gender based-violence and mining operations in your country/region? If so, what do you think are some of the reasons for this dynamic in your context?
  2. In your context, how do you see your role in preventing gender-based violence in mining communities and/or mining labor force? 

Week 4 explains how investment in gender in mining governance can lead to stable and resilient communities that are able to minimize the risks of mining activities while maximizing their benefits for women, men, girls and boys.

REQUIRED: Lesson and Quiz

Lesson 4: Investment in Gender in Mining Governance

Objectives:

  • Outline the conditions that need to be set in place for a favorable environment for investment in gender in mining
  • Describe how governments, mining companies and civil society can work together to boost investment in gender equality in mining
  • Propose guidelines for governments, mining companies and civil society on increasing investment in gender in mining

Quiz 4: Investment in Gender in Mining Governance

Quiz 4 checks your comprehension of the material covered in Lesson 4.

REQUIRED: Lectures

  • Fitsum Weldegiorgis, International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Indra Trevoz, EITI International Secretariat
  • Katherine Heller, International Finance Corporation
  • Matthew Bliss, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development

RECOMMENDED: Case studies

  • Empowerment of indigenous women in mining communities by Teck Resources Ltd, Chile
  • Embracing diversity and inclusion at Agnico Eagle
  • Developing equity in the workplace at Goldcorp
  • Empowering women in and around ASM communities in Ghana and Tanzania

OPTIONAL: Discussion forum

  1. Lesson 4 outlines the framework that governments can follow to boost investment in gender equality in mining. What do you anticipate to be the primary challenges for your government when it comes to implementing this framework, and how can companies and civil society help bring it to successful implementation?  
  2. Imagine you are tasked with boosting investment in gender in the mining industry in your country. How would you bring all the relevant stakeholders (including mining companies and civil society) together to start tackling this task? 

Expert facilitatorsExpert guest lecturers

 


Javier M. Blanco is a sustainable development specialist working on environmental governance and women’s issues, SDGs policy analysis, and green entrepreneurship. Javier currently works as Sustainability Consultant at Sustantum, a newly-created sustainability firm in Spain. Prior to Sustantum, Javier has worked with UNDP, UN Women, and FAO, in Colombia, Panama, Italy, and Belgium, for UN country offices, as well as for Regional Hubs such as the ones for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP and FAO. Javier holds a MSc in Environmental Studies (Lund University, Sweden), and a BSc in Law and Business Administration (Complutense University, Spain).

 


Matthew Bliss is a sustainability and mining executive with extensive international natural resources and community development experience. His focus is on integrating sustainability and good governance into all aspects of mining, natural resource management and community development. Currently focused on IGF programs and implementation, including environmental and mine closure guidance, demand-driven technical support and capacity building supporting members in Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific.

 


Lisa Caripis is the Research and Policy Manager for Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme. The programme works to strengthen transparency and accountability in mining sector licensing and is implemented by TI national chapters in over 20 countries. Lisa contributed to the development of gender-sensitive guidance in the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment Tool

 


Chunnian Chen is a Programme Research Analyst working for the Environmental Governance Programme on integrating environment and human rights into the governance of the mining sector. Chunnian is experienced in poverty eradication, inequality reduction, and impact financing for sustainable development. Chunnian holds a Master’s degree in Economic Development from Northeastern University in the USA. Her interests include environmental justice, gender equality, and climate solutions.

 


Sanna Due is a Policy Advisor working at the Bureau of Policy and Programme support at UNDP as an expert from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. She currently serves as Programme Coordinator for the Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), the Sida-funded programme that aims to advance the human rights and environment nexus by strengthening the environmental governance of the mining sector, ultimately advancing multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

Sanna has over 20 years of experience working with environmental public administration at national and regional agencies in Sweden and Denmark. Her work has focused on developing and implementing policy instruments in the areas of sustainable consumption and production, circular economy, air pollution, and engagement with the private sector in the Nordic countries and the European Union. Sanna holds a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Planning and Design.

 


Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie is the Research & Policy Coordinator for Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme. More recently, he has undertaken and coordinated global mining research projects in Mexico, Argentina, Ghana, Madagascar, and Kyrgyzstan. In his current role, he has worked alongside the programme’s gender expert to support 5 TI’s national chapters to complete their corruption risk assessment. Michael holds a PhD in Development Policy & Planning from University of Southern Queensland

 


Anna George is Programme Manager at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm, Sweden. She has around 20 years of experience as programme manager and advisor in the area of institutional capacity-building for environmental administration, human rights and social sectors. She has previously worked in the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the Swedish Marine and Water Agency. She has lived and worked in China for five years. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies and Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science with a focus on the environment, communication and politics.

 


Prerna Mehrotra is the Country Projects Manager for Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme. Prerna supports the country level implementation by TI’s national chapters across almost 20 countries around the globe. She has been working with the chapters to integrate gender-sensitive approaches and consideration in their mining sector advocacy work.

 


Rickard Nätjehall is a Policy Officer at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, where he works with the bilateral cooperation with the Russian Federation, the Barents’ Council, and with anti-corruption as part of the Agency’s global Environmental Governance Programme. 

Previously, Rickard has worked with anti-corruption and water management at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), African refugees in Israel, and social protection schemes in South Africa. Rickard has a Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Political Science – Comparative Politics from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

 


Ann-Cathrin Pedersen is a project manager for the Environmental Governance Programme at UNDP. She has spent the past decade working on sustainable development and humanitarian aid, covering thematic areas such as governance, environment, extractives and health. She has worked extensively with human-rights based and participatory governance issues, from within the public sector, NGOs and the UN. Over the past five years she has focused on rights-based approaches to environmental governance. She has a multi-disciplinary background and holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

 


Ege Tekinbas is a Gender Equality Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She has over 15 years of professional experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment, elimination of violence against women, and social development. Throughout her lengthy career with international organizations (including UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, World Bank, European Union, the Council of Europe, and Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas), Ege has engaged in program/project design in areas such as gender analysis, gender-responsive programming, and monitoring of gender-responsive service delivery.

Among previous professional roles, Ege has acted as Senior Gender Consultant at the World Bank (where she was involved with assessing gender-based violence-related risks of major civil works and infrastructure projects) and Senior Gender Consultant at UN WOMEN. In the latter position, she developed a program targeting refugee women and girls, supported the development of strategic plans, and researched the capacity-building needs of women’s organizations and community service organizations working with women refugees, along with social entrepreneurship modalities available for refugee women.


Flaviano Bianchini is the founder of Source International. Flaviano is an environmentalist and naturalist. An Ashoka Fellow from 2012, Flaviano specialized in Management and Valorization of Natural Resources at the University of Pisa and holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. 

Flaviano is experienced in addressing human rights violations and the health impacts of the extractive industries, particularly in Latin America. His studies of the impact of mining on the environment and health led to the modification of the mining law in Honduras, the adoption of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Guatemala, and the approval of laws on the welfare of the city of Cerro de Pasco in Peru. Between 2007 and 2009, he conducted an awareness campaign on the impact of mining activity in Latin America, in collaboration with Amnesty International.

In 2008, Flaviano was named the Environmental candidate of the year by The New Ecology magazine. He received the Social Worker award from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala in 2006 and the Chatwin Prize in 2010 for his book, In Tibet: Un Viaggio Clandestino.

 


Matthew Bliss is a sustainability and mining executive with extensive international natural resources and community development experience. His focus is on integrating sustainability and good governance into all aspects of mining, natural resource management and community development. Currently focused on IGF programs and implementation, including environmental and mine closure guidance, demand-driven technical support and capacity building supporting members in Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific.

 


Gillian Davidson is a leader in sustainability, ESG and responsible supply chains with extensive experience in the extractives and natural resources sectors. She is currently a sustainability advisor to global companies and international organisations and a Non-Executive Director of New Gold Inc and Central Asia Metals. Gillian is Chair of International Women in Mining, co-chair of the Resolve Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council, member of the executive of the Global Battery Alliance and a fellow of Chatham House. Previously, Gillian was the Head of Mining & Metals at the World Economic Forum and held senior roles in major mining companies and government. She holds a PhD in Development Economics and Geography.

 


Paz Gallardo is human rights lawyer and an occasional staff member at Source International. She specializes in human rights impact assessments. After obtaining her Law degree in Chile, she worked as a corporate lawyer in a variety of law firms, as well as a compliance advisor for Chilean companies with presence in all of Latin America.

Paz has worked on international projects, producing Human Rights Impact Assessments in Guatemala and Mozambique, carrying out trainings for affected communities, and supporting legal cases on mining pollution in Peru. She also served as an ad-hoc coordinator for the Training Program on the Inter-American System of Human Rights Protection carried out by the Robert Kennedy Foundation, American University Washington College of Law, in collaboration with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

 


Nora Götzmann is a Senior Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), focusing on business and human rights. She is also an Adjunct Researcher at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia. Nora has over 10 years of experience working with multinational companies on implementing human rights due diligence, focusing primarily on the extractive industries, across a range of international corporate and site-level settings. I also work with national human rights institutions, civil society actors and financial institutions on various business and human rights related topics.

Prior to joining the DIHR, Nora worked at the CSRM, where her work focused on human rights due diligence and community-company grievance resolution.

 


Laura Grassi is an environmental specialist in contaminated sites, air and water quality, and environmental health. She spent the last 5 years working on different case studies, especially related to mining (coal and polymetallic mines), oil and gas extraction, and agribusiness (palm oil, sugar cane, rubber). Laura has conducted capacity building activities for communities and grassroots organizations in Guatemala, Liberia, Mozambique, Mexico, and Perù.

 


Caroline Ngonze has extensive experience in the mining sector, having worked on phase I of the UNDP implemented ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, leading the gender equality and women’s empowerment programming for 41 ACP countries. Prior to that, Caroline worked at UNECA, leading research and policy analysis on women in artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia with a wide cross-section of stakeholders. Caroline is an alumna of the 2015 edition of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) program as well as a member of the International Women in Mining (IWiM) Network.

 


Lema Ijtemaye is the Manager of the Social and Economic Development department at Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, the national representative organization for Inuit women in Canada. She oversees the initiation, development, and completion of projects related to a broad range of social and economic issues concerning Inuit women, including political equality, women’s leadership, climate change, and resource extraction.  Lema holds a BA and MA in Honours Political Science from the University of Waterloo, with specializations in state and security, Canadian politics, and international relations.

 


Aubrey Menarndt is a consultant Gender Advisor with the Natural Resources Governance Institute. She has worked on democracy and governance issues in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Central America, and the United States. She is the author of Young Mongols: Forging Democracy in the Wild, Wild East (Penguin Random House, 2020), and has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Politico, the South China Morning Post, and more. Aubrey earned an MPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She is a Luce Scholar, a Critical Language Scholar (Russian), and a Truman National Security Project Fellow. Learn more at aubreymenarndt.com.

 


Ege Tekinbas is a Gender Equality Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She has over 15 years of professional experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment, elimination of violence against women, and social development. Throughout her lengthy career with international organizations (including UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, World Bank, European Union, the Council of Europe, and Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas), Ege has engaged in program/project design in areas such as gender analysis, gender-responsive programming, and monitoring of gender-responsive service delivery.

Among previous professional roles, Ege has acted as Senior Gender Consultant at the World Bank (where she was involved with assessing gender-based violence-related risks of major civil works and infrastructure projects) and Senior Gender Consultant at UN WOMEN. In the latter position, she developed a program targeting refugee women and girls, supported the development of strategic plans, and researched the capacity-building needs of women’s organizations and community service organizations working with women refugees, along with social entrepreneurship modalities available for refugee women.

 


Indra Trevoz is the Policy and Country Manager at EITI International Secretariat. Indra supports the Policy team, acting as secretary of the Implementation Committee and helping coordinate the EITI’s policy work. She leads on subnational implementation and revenue management, as well as EITI reporting on gender and the artisanal and small-scale mining sector and responsible sourcing. She also leads on implementation support to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar, and supports the Francophone Africa team on capacity-building.

Prior to joining the EITI, Indra worked for two years as a project assistant in Tunisia for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), supporting projects in justice and prison reform. She also has volunteering experience with Amnesty International and with NGOs providing assistance to refugees.

She holds a M.A. in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and German.

 


Fitsum S. Weldegiorgis is a senior research consultant with affiliations as an Associate with International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and an Industry Fellow with Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland (UQ).

Previously, Fitsum led Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) work in his role as a Senior Researcher at IIED. Before this, he worked as a Researcher with SMI for several years conducting applied research on socio-economic impact of large-, medium- and small-scale mining.

Fitsum has a long track record of conducting applied research, strategy designs, multi-stakeholder action dialogues, and building capacity, leadership and partnerships through various projects.


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