The African continent is a home to oil, gas and mining resources and as such these extractives are essential in the economic development of these countries. In recent years, we have seen efforts by governments, donors, local communities, NGOs and relevant stakeholders ensuring the proper management and governance of these resources through among others formulating policies that prioritise long-term, inclusive economic and social development, grounded in locally-led and politically-informed initiatives.
Besides publishing reports, AEMI also is involved in ground activities aimed at ensuring justice in the distribution of the benefits from these resources. We also rely on our in-house specialists and external experts for assignments in areas such as institutional reform in the energy and mining sectors; political economy analysis with relation to extractives; public finance and energy project finance; organisational development, and supply chain development. Considering that extractives need the collaboration of all the necessary stakeholders, we work with governments, civil society, and a variety of donors to address challenges facing the extractives sector.
Key issues we address in extractives include gender equality; environmental protection; artisanal & small scale mining; mechanisation; local content etc. Gender issues are addressed through our AEMI Women in Energy and Mining Proggramme (WEM). One of the objectives of WEM is to bring to life the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Five which is to achieve gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls. AEMI through WEM activities ensures that the needs of women and girls are recognised and addressed. In this respect, we explore how the extractive industry impacts the social, political, and economic requirements of women and girls in Africa. Besides gender, we also reach out to artisanal and small-scale miners by among others offering protective gears; health and environmental trainings just to mention but a few.