Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy, proposal for Alumni Regional Study Tours was selected for sponsorship.
The objectives of regional study tours is to provide Australia Awards Program alumni in Uganda experiential opportunities to learn from leading practice by observing different ways mining and energy for development programs are designed and managed, to consider how leading practice can be adapted in their local setting and to strengthen regional and local alumni networks. Proposals were reviewed on significance to address a specific mining and energy for development challenge, proposed host institutions’ reputation for leading practice, the composition of the study tour team, study tour team’s ability to influence change, and proposed outcomes and outputs.
The Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy proposed to take 15-20 representatives from the Inter-Ministerial Committee of government and Civil Society Working Group on Mining Law and Policy Review by bus to Rwanda to learn how the Rwanda government organised, regulated and formalized artisanal mining. The study tour will inform ongoing mining policy and regulatory reviews in Uganda so that ASM can be formalised, adequately legislated and enable informed discussions in parliament on upcoming new Mining and Mineral Bill as well as expedite the domestication of the ICGLR Regional Protocol on Mineral Certification Bill.
The quality of proposals received was excellent but only the Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy (ACEMP) emerged winner due the diversity and composition of the study tour team, study tour team's ability to influence change, and proposed outcomes and outputs. We strongly believe that the proposed study tour to learn how the Rwanda government organised, regulated and formalised artisanal and small scale mining into cooperatives will provide a significant learning opportunity and improved outcomes for artisanal and small scale mining in Uganda.