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Ethiopia is rich in natural resources; however, its mining sector currently contributes less than 1% to the country’s GDP. While Large Scale Mining (LSM) is still in its infancy, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) estimates that over 1.26 million people in Ethiopia are engaged in informal Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM). The mining sector has a strong potential to contribute to long-term development, social progress and economic growth.
The Ethiopian Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II) sets out ambitious development targets for the country and the mining sector. To achieve these, the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) recognizes the importance of establishing accountable and informed institutions that can facilitate investment, build shared value and ensure equitable access to benefits for vulnerable populations.
CIRDI is working closely with the MoMP to improve policies, practices, and capacity to attract more interest and investment in the sector, formalize ASM, define environmental and social performance requirements and ensure the country benefits fully and equitably from their natural resources.
The SUMM Ethiopia Project aligns with three Principles that underpin CIRDI’s approach to public sector reform projects: 1) Development of National Ownership; 2) Partnership and Inclusion; 3) Capacity Development. These three Principles form the basis upon which the SUMM Ethiopia Project is implemented.
The SUMM Project is a five-year, Global Affairs Canada funded project that launched in April 2016. The Project’s ultimate objective is to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of Ethiopia’s MoMP at operational and strategic levels. The Project includes four Strategic Outcomes in order to improve resource governance and support the long-term management of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.
The SUMM Gender Equality Strategy (GES) provides the roadmap for developing gender competency, accountability and commitment by:
The SUMM Community Development and Environmental Management Strategy (CDEMS) guides how the project and MoMP support inclusivity, accountability and transparency in minerals sector governance. Five main goals of the CDEMS are:
Governance capacity development is integrated throughout the SUMM project. It is focused on improving efficiency, transparency, accessibility and accountability in the management of the extractive mineral sector to support the growth of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.
On March 18-19, 2019, the Ethiopian Mining Council met with a wide range of stakeholders to provide feedback during a consultative meeting on the draft Mining Policy. The consultative meeting, […]
In April 2018, Dr. Dave Lefebure, Geosciences Specialist for CIRDI’s Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) project, travelled to the Omo region in southwest Ethiopia where he co-led a five-day […]