The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and UQ International Development will host DFAT’s Australia Awards in Africa – Africa Fellowships 2014 Managing the Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining next month. The course brings together twenty government and civil society mining professionals from 15 different African nations with the objective of building knowledge and skills for the development of mining impacted communities.

The course has two parts – four weeks in Australia including an eight day field trip to the Bowen Basin and three weeks in Madagascar including visits to RioTinto /QMM mine, Sherrit’s nickel mine and refinery and gold and sapphire artisanal mines. An alumni event will be held in the capital Antananarivo with the more than 20 Malagasy mining professionals who have attended courses in Australia.