Why a Skills Initiative Skills deficit hampering economic growth and social development • In 2009, aid flows to sub-Saharan Africa :$49 billion ($12 billion in 2000) • In 2009, oil and minerals exports: $246 billion ($39 billion in 2000). • Significant increase in global commodity prices since 2004 – and rising again after the global financial crisis. • Yet, many African countries have not capitalised on these favourable economic conditions, including optimisation of non-fiscal impacts, such as employment and skills. • Countries are challenged by institutional weakness, resulting in unbalanced agreements with international mining companies. • One common denominator: A substantial shortage in human resources and technical expertise in managing all aspects of the mining sector. A shared African problem needing a shared solution
Sustainable Change through Skills • Help unlock the development potential of Africa’s mineral resources. • Support sustainable development through the minerals industry and its value chain. • Doing things differently to develop skills for the new era of African mining
Skills - the key to unlock development • Africa Mining Vision: “Transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development” • AMDC Result Area 6: Building Human and Institutional Capacities with the goal To create a mining sector that is knowledge-driven and is the engine of an internationally competitive African industrial economy • AMSI Vision: “A well-managed and highly skilled mineral sector to create inclusive growth and broad-based development in Africa”
Creating value in Partnership • AMSI brings together the private, public and civil society sectors to collaborate • AMSI promotes new partnerships and the linking of people and functions in the mineral value chain • AMSI creates knowledge networks and partnership to create innovative skills solutions
The founding partners UNECA With the support of
AMSI Business Model • Applying a holistic definition of mineral skills. • Supporting existing institutions, mining schools & other skills institutions. • Addressing barriers and gaps that hold back development potential of the mineral sector. • Supporting innovation to create new solutions and develop new skills. • An interdisciplinary approachrelevant for various disciplines and sectors. • Networks of educational and skills institutions, nationally and internationally. • Highly efficient and cost effective solutions towards scalable models. • Demand-led supportusing participatory development approaches.
AMSI Implementation pillars • Planning: By improving policy and planning frameworks; • Innovation: By promoting innovative strategies for and responses to skills development; • Mining Entrepreneurship: By improving local entrepreneurship skills and opportunities in mineral value chain; • Supporting Partnerships: By building effective partnerships to scale up skills development.
Pillar 1: Country Mining Vision Output: • Integrated planning strengthened • Frameworks for resource corridor development formulated • Support states to align their planning and articulate their vision through the development a Country Mining Vision (CMV). • The CMV represents a vision that is shared by all involved institutions and stakeholders in resource-based development planning. • Through initial pilots, AMSI will develop templates to support the discussions on developing a CMV as well as provide the skills, tools and processes that can support the creation of a Country Mining Vision.
Pillar 2: Innovation Outputs: • Comprehensive skills strategies formulated • Challenge Fund Description: • AMSI will encourage innovation in skills delivery mechanisms to address the mineral skills shortage. • Through a Challenge Fund, skills / educational institutions will be supported to rise to the common challenges through innovative solutions of which the best will be funded. • Innovative and cost-effective solutions made widely applicable to other institutions and other country contexts within Africa as part of AMSI’s body of knowledge.
Pillar 3: Mining Entrepreneurship Output: • Local entrepreneurship skills strengthened • Opportunities for local content in mineral value chain improved Description: • AMSI will explore options to support business incubators, strengthening entrepreneurship in mining and other industries, including agriculture • AMSI will support existing clusters of trade and economic activity to offer new entrepreneurship exposure within these clusters.
Pillar 4: Supporting Partnerships Output: • Supported partnerships that are co-ordinated and aligned to the AMV • Networks and platforms for dialogue and knowledge sharing established Description: • AMSI will support the formation of new planning and skills delivery partnerships in relation to large mineral projects, existing or planned. • AMSI will also continuously grow its networks of stakeholders who will benefit from knowledge management and knowledge sharing portals.
AMSI progress to date: Timeline November ‘12 April ‘12 June ‘12 February ‘13 March ‘13 October ‘12