The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

Overview of the Programme

Development minerals remain largely unknown even though they are commonly used in Uganda and most of Africa. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones, and semi-precious stones among others which are mined and used locally.

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme therefore aims to improve the management of development minerals while building knowledge and awareness about them.

The three year capacity building programme is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to a time of€13.1 million. It is implemented by UNDP. 

It is implemented at both the regional and country levels.  At the regional level, the programme conducts capacity building activities with participants from forty ACP countries through regional training workshops, field trips, the production of guidance products and knowledge exchange. Participants in the regional training workshops are encouraged to include the knowledge and skills learnt to their work plans to ensure implementation.  

At the country level, in depth capacity building is undertaken with six focus countries: Uganda (East Africa); Cameroon (Central Africa); Guinea-Conakry (West Africa); Zambia (Southern Africa); Jamaica (Caribbean); and Fiji (Pacific). Country-level activities include: training; small grants and partnership building to strengthen development minerals value chains; the production of maps and databases on development minerals; strengthening of regulations on environment, health and safety; organisation of community engagements and addressing grievances, technology fairs and networking events to strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration.

Programme Objective

The objective of the programme is to foster the sustainable and inclusive development of the small-scale mineral resources industry in ACP countries.  

Programme Oversight

The programme is supported by a steering committee consisting of senior management representatives from the European Union, the ACP Secretariat and UNDP. A technical committee comprised of global experts provides technical guidance while a programme management team, made up of four (4) full-time staff based in Brussels and Addis Ababa together with six (6) country coordinators located in the six (6)  focus countries in addition to Country Working Groups provide advice on the delivery of the programme activities on ground.  

Programme achievements so far

  • A multi-stakeholder, two-year road map has been developed. The roadmap was informed by sector priorities and aspirations unique to Uganda’s mining sector priorities as outlined by national stakeholders consulted in 2016.
  • Substantive technical and financial support has been provided towards the finalisation of Uganda’s updated Mining and Minerals Policy
  •  Support for promotion and investment avenues for MSME representatives drawn from across the country to showcase their products and technologies during the 2016 Mineral Wealth Conference
  • Capacity building has also been provided for the media stakeholders to enrich their knowledge and coverage of the Development Minerals sector. 

Programme funding

The programme is funded by the European Union and UNDP. Uganda was allocated $850,000 that will support the capacity development efforts targeting Medium and Small Scale companies, Artisanal and Small Scale Miners, Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development, Business Development Service providers and Civil Society stakeholders.  


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