Collaborative research with Engineers Without Borders Canada
This collaborative project with the Mining Shared Value venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada was inspired by a growing debate about the role host-country governments can play to ensure that benefits from mining activities are shared more equitably between mining companies and host countries.
Research examined how comprehensive local procurement regulatory frameworks affect local purchases by mining companies. It also identified the common factors that influence mining companies as they create local procurement strategies.
The project examined the local procurement regulatory framework of South Africa and Namibia and the extent to which the local procurement strategies of the mining companies that operate within those countries align with this framework.
Following field research in Namibia and South Africa and consultations with stakeholders from government, communities, and industry, as well as desk based research in Canada, a final report has been drafted and released in February 2017 bringing the project to completion. As part of the dissemination strategy the initial research findings are being shared with mining regulators and other stakeholders in Namibia, South Africa and globally. The research findings in the report focus on: the relationship between local procurement and development outcomes, and the specific, anticipated benefits of local purchasing in Namibia and South Africa; extent to which mining companies are upholding local procurement regulations; local procurement strategies of mining companies operating within South Africa and Namibia; and factors that influenced mining companies to develop their local procurement strategies in a particular way. Through sharing these findings, the project will enhance awareness and increased adoption of local procurement policies by mining companies.
South Africa, Namibia
August 2015 – February 2017
Sub-Saharan African mining regulators in general and specifically those in the countries of focus South Africa and Namibia. Current and future Sub-Saharan African businesses that will support the mining value chain as local suppliers
Engineers Without Borders Canada (Mining Shared Value venture), with contributions from SEF Canada Ltd. and the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University British Columbia
Global Affairs Canada
Livelihoods & employment
Educate and train
Updates and News
Images from the field trip undertaken in Namibia by the CIRDI and EWB teams.
Procurement of local goods must be driven by industrialisation by Edgar Brandt, featured in New Era Newspaper Namibia, February 16, 2017
SEF Canada Ltd.
Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC