AMLA

The African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) project is a legislation gathering, organisation and dissemination project with three main activities:

  • Collect, process and transform all of Africa’s mining laws and regulations into an online database with interactive features to provide comparative data;
  • Build capacity through training (on-ground and remotely) of African law students in the use of the online platform and on overall issues in mining law and
  • Produce the guiding template, an annotated document that outlines a menu of legislative solutions to assist countries in the preparation or revision of their mining laws.

Objective of the project

The AMLA project aims to support African countries in maximising mineral resource benefits through:

  • Promoting transparency, accessibility and comparison of Africa’s mining laws
  • Facilitating the preparation, revision and implementation of mining laws
  • Providing a living database that will catalyze research and policy debates on legal and regulatory issues
  • Promote the development of local legal expertise on African mining laws.

Initiated by the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank (WB) in 2013, the project is being implemented in collaboration with the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the African Union Commission (AUC) and in coordination with several African law faculties.

The recent conclusion of AUC Specialised Technical Committee on Trade, Industry and Mineral Resources (STC-TIM) that met in Addis Ababa on 16 – 24 May 2016, considered AMLA as an effective tool member states could use to develop, review and align their mining laws and regulations to the Africa Mining Vision (AMV).

The AMLA project is highly valued by AU member states and requires a strategy for its future ownership and sustainability.

Rationale for establishing the Project Implementing Consortium (PIC) in the AMLA post-pilot implementation phase for 2014-2015, the project gauged the possibility of establishing an independent institute in charge of the long-term sustainability of the project.

However, further evaluation of the strategy indicated certainty of high operational costs which posed a risk to long-term project sustainability and potential risk of sub regionalization which would thwart the continental focus of the project.

Hence, as part of the sustainability strategy, the project decided to:

  • Transfer the operational know-how on maintenance of the AMLA platform and coordination of the AMLA training program to a Secretariat with a dedicated unit hosted within ALSF, an existing African regional institution with proven experience in operational work.
  • Create a PIC made up of recognized international and regional institutions that will deliver sector specific knowledge in the pursuit of the goals set for the capacity building component of the project.

With these changes aside, the Facilitation Committee (FC), consisting of the ALSF and the AUC, will continue to be responsible for providing overall guidance and support to the project by primarily facilitating the objectives of the project and ensuring effective and efficient implementation of the project activities.

The FC will also advice on how to best address the sector specific needs of the continent in the ongoing implementation of the project activities, especially with regards to the guiding template.

Guiding template

Mandate – The PIC will serve the AMLA project in the following capacities; adviser to the FC, consisting of the ALSF and the AUC and in collaboration with the Secretariat, as project knowledge curator, producer and facilitator (e.g. producing training materials and sending trainers to AMLA workshops).

Composition – The PIC will be made up of 10 to 12 member institutions, with strong African ownership (i.e. at least 5 to 6 member institutions will be African, with each one representing one sub-regional area of the continent).

Once selected, members will serve for five (5) years.

Modus Operandi – The PIC will convene at least once a year in connection with the yearly AMLA Workshop to assess project achievements against a five-year action plan.

At the meeting, the PIC will decide on and take action, if necessary, to implement mid-course adaptive management measures.

The deliberations of the PIC will be captured in a report to be circulated upon request (and included in the yearly Project Progress Report).

Expression of Interest – The AMLA team will consider expressions of interest for PIC membership from any institution, e.g. private or public, that can demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment to fostering knowledge co-generation and sharing on legal issues around the mining sector in particular or the extractive sector in general.
  • A reputation for collaboration in the development of knowledge products on legal issues around the mining sector in particular or the extractive sector in general.

Selection criteria & submission deadline

The first round of the call for expressions of interest focused on global institutions with experience convening and building the capacity of Africa-based stakeholders.

The deadline for submission was 30 June 2016 and global institution candidates have been selected.

However, this second round will focus on African institutions, with experience that includes acting as a regional hub for academics, students, practitioners and/or other relevant stakeholders.

Please submit your expression of interest to alsf@afdb.org and cc feedback@a-mla.org

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2016.

Candidates applying after the deadline may be considered on a rolling basis.

Selection Timeline – PIC membership selection will be finalized and all candidates will be informed of the selections by 15 October 2016.

First PIC Meeting – The selected PIC member institutions will gather at the next AMLA workshop scheduled for December 2016 to experience project activities first-hand and also discuss and approve the five-year action plan.