Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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), in collaboration with the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. The event was held at the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, from October 17-20, 2016. The book and the model legislation will be published in 2017.