The Centre for Extractives and Development Africa, (CEDA) was established in 2014 registered in Ghana under the Companies Registration Code with registration number CG103822014 and a Tax Identification Number C000357878X. CEDA is an extractive and development policy research and advocacy organization working with partners around the continent and beyond to promote better governance of the mineral resource endowment of the continent for improvement of national life.
CEDA argues, that African countries must have a new strategy that focus on how decisions to extract are arrived at, appropriate policy frameworks that allows cost benefits analysis, well-considered investment and spending strategies, to put these revenues to work in ways that improve lives of people and communities. Immediately spending all the money is unwise; so is saving all of it and spending none and incorporate the sector into long-term socio-economic planning and vision to maximise full employment, industrial and developmental benefits in a transparent manner.
CEDA aims to undertake relevant evidence based research and public policy advocacy to promote efficient management of the mineral endowment of the continent for the public good.
CEDA would place extractive issues at the center of the development discourse through evidence based research, policy analysis and advocacy, citizens mobilization and training. CEDA would also focus on developing the capacities of the next generation of civic and oversight leaders across the continent to continuously demand good management of mineral resources in a transparent and accountable manner. CEDA would act as an interface for technocrats, professionals, practitioners, academia, politicians, legislators, industry experts, donor agencies and broad range of civil society and community leaders to promote learning and sharing of ideas, knowledge, skills and experience. CEDA would tap into the great and extensive network of experienced partners and professionals within Africa and beyond. This is to build the needed trust to enhance our result and agenda of making extractives work for Africa.
At the end of the taught programme (Course A) in February 2018, all 10 OLP mentees are being supported to identify specific research projects that they will undertake between February- May 2018 in line with their individual workplans with set course/activity objectives. Mentees have been assigned mentors (team of experts in the industry consisting of academics and practitioners) who will be involved in supporting participants in their projects, providing further reading resources and good practice, and helping them adapt, apply, and deepen the knowledge gained.
Nearly two years after the passage of Act 912, a number of issues around the MDF Act are still pending, key among them are the:
- Establishment of the MDF board.
- Regulations to facilitate implementation.
- Disbursement of 20% Community Development Scheme to directly sponsor socio-economic development in communities in which mining operations takes place or are affected by mining activities.
The Centre for Extractives and Development, Africa (CEDA) with the support of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) under its West African Governance & Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES) have organized a stakeholder workshop to:
- Develop a roadmap for the development of the MDF Regulations
- Establish a technical working group involving Government, District Assemblies, Civil Society, Community leaders, chiefs and Companies to review various aspects of the law to identify issues for the regulations
A technical working group has been put together to collate the issues and develop a road for the development of the regulations.
The Centre for Extractives and Development, Africa (CEDA) in collaboration with WUSC is conducting training sessions on sub-national mineral revenue management in the Wassa East District and Prestea Huni-Valley District.
The purpose of the training is to • Introduce Local government officials and communities to policies, standards and best practices related to subnational mineral revenue management. • Educate district and municipal assembly officials, urban and area council officials, and assembly members on how to ensure transparency and accountability of the mineral development fund • Educate community leaders, CBO’s youth and women groups within the projects scope on how to monitor the Mineral Development Fund.
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