Africa Sprints toward better Laws on Small-Scale Mining and Quarrying






Twenty-one African policy makers, academics and development practitioners came together in Addis Ababa in October to draft model legislation for the small-scale mining and quarrying of 'Development Minerals.'

The gathering of African experts used a 'book-sprint' format to draft the model law and to develop a multi-authored edited book about Development Minerals in Africa. The participants sought to reclaim the major role that these minerals can play in Africa's economic development and to fill a gap in coverage of the sector in Africa's mining laws.

The book-sprint was held under the auspices of the Africa Mining Legislation Atlas, (a partnership between the World Bank Group, the African Legal Support Facility, and the African Union Commission), as well as the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. The event was held at the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, from October 17-20, 2016. The book will be published in 2017.


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Photo: Participants of the legislation sprint and book sprint: 'Back to Base: Reframing the role of industrial minerals and construction materials in Africa's resource development strategy'


ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

‘Development Minerals’ are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones.

  • Africa

    The African Union Commission has called member states to prioritize 'Development Minerals' as part of Africa's industrialization agenda. Find out more about our twenty-eight participating countries and four focus countries in Africa.

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  • Caribbean

    "Development Minerals" underpin the construction and tourism sectors in the Caribbean. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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  • Pacific

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East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.


West Africa

Guinea-Conakry is one of the world's top bauxite producers, but it also has the potential to realise opportunities from the mining of Development Minerals.


Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.


Central Africa

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.



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Participating Countries

Forty (40) countries are participating in regional level training and knowledge exchange. Find out which ones.

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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

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