Project profile — Supporting the Ministry of Mines to Strengthen Governance and Management of the Mining Sector


University of British Columbia - Office of Research Services
2016-04-27 - 2022-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (100.00%)


• Public sector policy and administrative management:
Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (10.00%)
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (15112) (10.00%)
Legal and judicial development (15130) (10.00%)
• Mineral Resources And Mining: Mineral/mining policy and administrative management (32210) (70.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This project aims to increase sustainable national and regional economic growth by supporting Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines in strengthening the governance and management of the mining sector. The project seeks to enable the Ministry of Mines to effectively develop, supervise and monitor regulations and policies for the sector that secure greater economic and social benefits for all Ethiopians and mitigate negative environmental impacts. Project activities include: (1) improving the efficiency, transparency and accountability of the mining licensing management and geo-data systems, including related social and environmental standards; (2) strengthening the Ministry of Mines’ human resource management to create opportunities for gender sensitive professional development and employment; and (3) improving the Ministry of Mines’ ability to promote domestic and foreign investments in its sector.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved efficiency, transparency and accountability of the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoMPNG) license management and geo-sciences data systems with effective application of environmental, safety and social standard regulations; (2) increased effectiveness of the MoMPNG key management systems and institutional functions with increased retention of male and female staff and equal professional development opportunities for men and women; and (3) increased domestic and foreign investment in exploration and exploitation activities in the Ethiopian mineral sector.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2018 include: (1) reviews of policy and regulatory frameworks and of licensing software for the mineral sector have been conducted; (2) more than 31 needs assessments have been conducted; (3) provided support for the participation of the Minister of Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas at the Mining in Africa Conference in South Africa and the Prospector and Development Association Conference in Canada, for the past two years; (4) the capacity of federal and regional staff to disseminate and exchange key information has improved, as shown by survey results (78% satisfaction rate, an increase of more than 20%); and (5) networking and coordination between the Ministry, Geological Survey, universities and regions, including environment, gender and mining bureaus has improved (84% satisfaction rate, an increase of 28%). These results have contributed overall to strengthening the governance and management of the natural resources sector. This work has helped to enhance the capacity of Ministry management and specialists and has enhanced gender-responsive professional development. It has also improved the efficiency and transparency of mineral licensing, provided support for downstream, in-country value addition of industrial minerals, and has enhanced geo-science coverage for investment promotion, as well as improved the data collection for the sector, to align to Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
15-08-2023 Disbursement $149,275
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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