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An initiative of the Australian Government
An initiative of the Australian Government
Australia-NEPAD partnership tackles AU vision for Regional Infrastructure
Sunday, 1 February 2015
In 2012 African Heads of State approved the continent-wide Program for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) to develop key infrastructure corridors to better integrate the continent. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is partnering with NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency to support public sector project managers working on strategic PIDA mega-projects by enhancing their skills in complex project management.

Breaking the mould: Promoting gender integration in the mining industry
Monday, 7 July 2014
Globally, mining is still perceived to be a ‘boys club’. This is the case in most resource-rich African countries. Evidence suggests that while the benefits of extractive industry projects are captured primarily by men, women often bear a disproportionate share of sector-related social, economic, and environmental risks. Traditional gender norms that associate masculinity with multiple and concurrent sexual partners are prevalent in most parts ...

Australia partners with Ghana to address mining law and policy challenges
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
The Australian Government is supporting collaboration between the law schools of the University of Ghana and the University of Western Australia to develop a mining law and policy ‘executive-level short course’ in Accra. The International Mining for Development Centre has brought the two law schools together, with support from the Australian Government. The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Joanna Adamson, officially opened the course ...

Diplomacy training fosters learning and partnerships
Sunday, 16 March 2014
The Australian Government continues to strengthen diplomacy and foster friendship with, and between, African countries through an on-going series of trainings for diplomats in Africa. Ten diplomats from Cameroon, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Egypt, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia have been given the opportunity to complete a Graduate Certificate in International Studies – Diplomacy through The University ...

Australia gives Ghana ‘food for thought’ on farming systems
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Sub-Saharan Africa has struggled to achieve food security. Almost one in three people in the region suffer from hunger. Consequently, food insecurity is an ongoing challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa, and causes national and regional instability. Whilst Australian farmers on average produce enough food to feed 20 people, African farmers struggle to feed the people of their respective countries. If farmers in areas where food security is a challenge ...

Vocational training and secondment activity: Case study 3
Saturday, 15 March 2014
The extractive industry has been a major development catalyst in the Copper Belt region of Zambia for decades. All towns in the region have continued to rely on mining activities for social-economic growth. A past process of nationalisation of mines had a dual effect of collapsing investment (now reversed) and weak shared infrastructure synergies between the mining companies and surrounding towns. Zambian Copper Belt towns provide the infrastructure ...

Vocational training and secondment activity: Case study 2
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Ghana has emerged as one of the star economies of West Africa. The nation’s stable democracy and discoveries of oil and gas reserves has propelled this established mining resources economy to new highs. As a consequence Ghana’s logistical infrastructure is experiencing serious congestion. One infrastructure arena experiencing such pressure is on Ghana’s two main port facilities, Tema and Takoradi. The Port of Tema expansion is intended to open ...

Vocational training and secondment activity: Case study 1
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Mtwara is a major port facility on the south coast of Tanzania. It has the capacity to handle 400 000 metric tonnes per annum (mt p.a.), but only imports/exports approximately 100 000 mt p.a. The Tanzanian Government is planning the expansion of the current freight handling facilities as part of the Mtwara Development Corridor. This corridor runs 850 km west from the port of Mtwara to Mbamba Bay on Lake Malawi. The Mtwara Development Corridor ...
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