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Despite the country’s rich mineral endowments, the mining sector has been largely dominated by informal artisanal and small-scale mining. To reach the ambitious targets set out in the Ethiopian Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II), the Government of Ethiopia recognizes the importance of establishing a competitive, responsible (socially, environmentally, ethically), and transparent strategy, legislative and institutional framework for the mining sector. These institutional and operational reforms will enable Ethiopia to attract more investments to the sector as well as support formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to maximize benefits and address environmental and social effects associated with ASM.
As large-scale mining (LSM) operations are still in their infancy, Ethiopia is well positioned to build systems that will enable government, civil society organizations, and the private sector to all play a role in ensuring the sector contributes to sustainable development and community benefits. It will also be important to establish mechanisms for LSM to co-exist alongside ASM and medium sized enterprises.
The SUMM project aligns with three principles underpinning CIRDI’s approach to public sector reform projects. These principles form the basis on which the SUMM project is implemented:
The SUMM Project is a five-year, Global Affairs Canada funded project that launched in April 2016. The ultimate objective is to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of Ethiopia’s MoMP at operational and strategic levels. To improve resource governance and support the long-term management of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia, the Project aims to:
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 […]