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A just energy transition: Unlocking community potential and participation

Emerging out of 2023 Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI2023) under the theme “A just energy transition: Unlocking Community Potential and Participation”, the forum reiterated the resolve that “people first, not profits”. A steadfast commitment to a true human-centred society with fundamental traditions of sharing. 

The 2024 Alternative Mining Indaba is anticipated to accelerate this call, with a positive response to the question of inclusivity and firmly place the feminist agenda within the progressive discourse.

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The 2024 AMI will seek to achieve the following specific objectives

  1. Fostering Inclusive Dialogue: Create a safe and inclusive space for diverse stakeholders, including mining-affected communities, activists, faith leaders, civil society, and social justice practitioners, to engage in meaningful dialogues, critiques, and analyses of their interactions with the extractive industries. Encourage discussions that lead to the development of concrete strategies for a just and inclusive mining sector.
  2. Promote Feminist Principles: We aim to elevate feminist perspectives throughout the conference, emphasising the significance of gender equality, inclusivity, and intersectionality in the African mining discourse. By weaving feminist principles into our discussions, we intend to challenge and reshape the traditional narratives and norms that have often marginalised not only women but everyone. This objective calls for critical self-reflection and the recognition that gender equality is not only a matter of ethics but also a catalyst for improved decision-making, sustainable practices, and equitable development within the mining industry. It seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the specific challenges women face in mining-affected communities, acknowledging that a feminist lens is essential for creating lasting change.
  3. Empowerment through Knowledge: Equip communities and non-state actors with essential tools and knowledge related to the mining sector, the just green energy transition, and feminist perspectives. Offer capacity-building workshops and information-sharing sessions that empower participants to make informed decisions and advocate for their rights within the sector.
  4. Strengthening Solidarity: Promote a people-centred and environmentally sustainable approach to the just energy transition. Strengthen the collective call for solidarity among participants, emphasising the importance of aligning efforts and perspectives to amplify a unified voice advocating for transformative change. Encourage networking and collaboration among diverse stakeholders.

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