The 7th Alternative Mining Indaba was opened this morning by Veronica Zano, chairperson of the AMI steering committee. She described the history of the AMI: its inception in 2010 by a group of 40 people seeking a platform to represent the interests of those affected by mining. Today, we have over 350 delegates from 39 countries attending a 3-day event. The focus has moved from confrontation with corporate mining to dialogue with government and business. The approach has shifted from an annual meeting of minds to the growth of multiple national alternative mining indabas (or NAMIs) and a year-long strategy to garner results.
Carol Kiangura, vice-chairperson of the AMI steering committee, highlighted the inclusive nature of the event. This year’s theme is “making natural resources work for the people, leaving no-one behind”. The programme has developed to include more interactive sessions based on last year’s feedback. This year, each thematic breakaway session (of no more than 60 participants) develops over four stages: inspirational sessions, debate sessions, case study / collecting evidence sessions and designing strategic approaches / action plan. These themes include:
- Access to Remedy: Litigation and Mining
- Artisanal and Small Scale Mining
- Business and Human Rights
- Mining and Taxation
- Gender and Extractives.
The programme will culminate in a march to the ICC and an AMI / ICMM joint dialogue session.