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Long Term Benefits of Gold Mining to Developing Economies - REPORT

Nimekutana na habari kwenye tovuti ya Reuters.com inayozungumzia juu ya nchi kufaidi machimbo ya madini na vito vya thamani walivyonavyo. Sijapata uelewa bado wala ufahamu wa jinsi mwananchi wa kawaida anafaidi na jinsi unavyomwambia kuwa anavyoishi ni kutokana na faida ya mali asili iliyopo nchini mwake! Hapa anakueleweje? Sipendi mambo ya kuambiwa habari za mahesabu ya economics na utumbo wa uchumi ikiwa hayasaidii kuleta maji, kuboresha hospitali, shule na bado barabara ni ile ile miaka 49 iliyopita tena inaendelea kuwepo kwa sababu tu miguu yetu inaikanyaga kutwa nzima na kuisababisha ionekane bado ni njia, vinginevyo msimu wa masika haipitiki - NO barabara. Sawa? Naona taabu sana kuwaza namna ya kumwelewesha Mwananchi kuhusiana na hili.

Wafaidi wengine, tuaminishwe sote, HOW?

Kwa maana hiyo kama haya madini yasingechimbwa, yaani ni kwamba mwananchi angekuwa katika hali mbaya zaidi kuliko hii aliyo nayo sasa hvi? Nimeomba na kuamini kuwa iko siku moja taa itawaka katika bongo za WaBongo, sasa siku hiyo hapo, hapo ndo itakuwa tamu ya chungu, tutatafutana kweli kweli, wala si mbali!

Wakati mwingine nikikasirika sana huwa nashindwa kuona herufi naishia kutaipu %#&$)@(*&$(#*(@)(#@)*&(%&@*))&[email protected])*)#@)$*)@!!!!!! sana!
  • First ever study analysing the long term benefits of gold mining over entire life cycle
  • Gold has provided significant improvement to Tanzania`s economy, with major contributions still to come
  • Government reforms of mining law found to be common denominator in mining`s contribution to positive economic development
The new report, `The Golden Building Block: gold mining and the transformation of developing economies`, authored by Maureen Upton, Sustainability Advisor to World Gold Council, considers the macroeconomic benefits of gold production in developing countries. The report takes into account the well-debated resource curse theories, and examines evidence of actual contributions through an in-depth case study of Tanzania and the effects of gold mining on its economy over a 40-year period.

Aram Shishmanian, Chief Executive Officer of the World Gold Council, said today:
"Tanzania provides the perfect test case to conduct such a comprehensive assessment of both gold mining`s contribution to date and its potential future contributions to the economy over the life cycle to mine closure. The findings of the study uncovered that the most significant contribution that gold mining provides to Tanzania`s economy is its effect on foreign direct investment (FDI) which has been enabled by the mining law reforms introduced over the past 12
years."

The Tanzania case study employs a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of gold mines over their entire lifespan, from construction to closure, crucially utilising WGC`s unique, private access into the world`s largest producers` data for nearly all major gold mines in the country. The definitive study, undertaken in the spring of 2009 collaboratively by World Gold Council and Oxford Policy Management for the ICMM, is the first of its kind, as the approach ensures that long-term benefits are captured, by way of both historical data and projections through to mine closure in a key producing country.

Capturing some 120 specific metrics across the planned 40-year operating period of large-scale gold mining in the country (1995-2034) from World Gold Council members Barrick Gold Corporation, AngloGold Ashanti and IAMGOLD, the aggregated figures were used to present to some 14 different Tanzanian government officials at an ICMM Workshop in May 2009.
Commenting on the report, Anthony Hodge, President, International Council on Mining and Metals, said:
"ICMM welcomes the publication of this report. In our work to date, we have found that collaborative approaches involving companies, communities, governments, inter-governmental organizations, and NGOs are the key to attaining socio-economic benefits for developing economies. In Tanzania in particular, this was found to be a crucial need."

The gold mining industry in Tanzania has benefited from reforms to mining laws introduced since 1997. The findings of the study uncovered that the most significant contribution that gold mining provides to Tanzania`s economy is its effect on foreign direct investment (FDI). In the early 1990`s, prior to large-scale gold mining, Tanzania would have appeared near the bottom of rankings of African countries as a destination for FDI. Today however, the country is now in the upper-middle rankings, with over US$2 billion (nearly two thirds) of the surge in FDI after 1998 shown to have come from the five gold mines surveyed in the LCA alone.

Contrary to critics` views that the gold mining industry in Tanzania provides relatively low tax receipts, the study showed that the two producers surveyed, Barrick and AngloGold Ashanti, are currently among the highest single taxpayers in the country. In addition, export earnings from gold mining are already US$770 million, but are estimated to more than double by 2016. Job creation, although not typically among the greatest benefits of large-scale mining due to its capital-intensive nature, is in fact an important direct benefit of gold mining in Tanzania, with the industry employing more than the country`s utility sectors combined, including gas, electricity and water, with the resulting wages injected in to the Tanzanian economy an equally important metric.
News info source: http://reuters.com/article/pressRelease

Audio & Text: Kauli ya Naibu Waziri kuhusu madai ya Walimu

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Siku chache baada ya ziara ya Naibu Waziri wa Wizara ya Elimu na Ufundi, Mwantumu Mahiza, kumalizika mkoani Ruvuma, baadhi ya wadau wa sekta ya maendeleo ya elimu wamekuwa na maswali mengi kuhusiana na baadhi ya kauli na vitendo vilivyofanywa na waziri huyo akiwa mkoani humu.

Baadhi ya kauli ambazo zimezua mjadala ni ile aliyoitoa wakati akijibu mawali ya walimu wanafunzi wa Chuo cha Ualimu cha Songea waliotaka kujua mikakakati ya wizara na serikali ya uboreshaji wa masilahi na mazingira magumu ya walimu, ambapo aliwajibu wanafunzi hao kuwa kama wanaona masilahi ya ualimu ni madogo waache na waende wakasomee kada nyingine.

Kauli hiyo mbali ya kuwakwaza wanafunzi hao pia iliwakwaza walimu walioko makazini na hasa ilipotolewa na waziri mwenye dhamana katika wizara nyeti inayobeba kila sekta nchini.

Wakizungumza na Nipashe baadhi ya wananchi waliosikia kauli hiyo walisema kuwa kwa mtazamo wao waliona wanafunzi hao pamoja na walimu nchini wana haki ya kujua mikakakati ya serikali ya kuboresha masilahi ya walimu na mazingira magumu yanayowakabili katika kazi hiyo ngumu.

Walisema haikuwa sahihi kwa waziri kuwabeza na kuwataka waachane nayo na kwenda kusomea kada nyingine huku akitambua kuwa sekta hiyo inakabiliwa na upungufu mkubwa wa watumishi na kila alipokwenda wakuu wa shule katika risala zao walisema kuhusu upungufu mkubwa wa walimu na yeye akitoa ahadi kuwa serikali inafanya juhudi za makusudi kukabiliana na tatizo hilo.

“Mimi namashangaa mheshimiwa kwa nini anaibeza sekta yake na kutushawishi tuiache na twende tukasome kitu kingine anatuonyesha kuwa tumekuja huku kimakosa,” alisema John Swai mwanafunzi wa ualimu Songea.

Aidha katika tukio jingine akiwa ziarani wilayani Namtumbo alipelekwa kuona shule ya msingi Rwinga, ambayo ni chakavu kimajengo na sakafu ikiwa imebomoka kitendo ambacho kilionyesha kumkera na kudai kuwa ni dharau kwake kupelekwa kuonyeshwa shule hiyo iliyochakaa kiasi kikubwa.

Kitendo hicho kilimfanya Mahiza kuujia juu uongozi wa Wilaya ya Namtumbo na hasa Ofisa Elimu kwa kudai kuwa amemdharau, kauli ambayo nayo ilizua maswali mengi wakidai kuwa viongozi hawapendi kuonyeshwa hali halisi ya mazingira bali wanapenda kuonyeshwa vitu vizuri tu.
Kauli hii ilitolewa baada ya kuulizwa ufafanuzi kuhusiana na madai hayo hapo juu



Habari chanzo: IPPmedia.com
Picha katuni: Dr. F. Mashili (MD)
Audio: TBC + DulloNet.com

Happy Birthday Tyler Perrry!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  Tyler Perry
Love you and love all your movies!
Well. What can I say to thank you?! Another number one movie.

I don’t think you know what I’m feeling right now. I can’t even explain it, I never take your time and effort for granted. There is so much that you can go and see and do, but you keep showing up to my films. Wow! ONLY
GOD. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

You gave me one of the best weeks of my life. I’m so happy that you all went to see I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF. When I tell you that all of Hollywood is scratching their heads again, I love it. Thank you so much!
And I can’t even begin to talk about the comments on the message board. You got it and that’s all that matters to me, you got it in a real way. You have been there with me from the beginning and continue to be so
loyal, that means so much to me. My prayer for you is that everyone in your life will be there for you the way you have been there for me. And I hope all that is good in your life gets better.

Today, I turn 40 and I enter it with so much to be grateful for. You’ve given me the best years of my life. Again, all I can say is thank you, and that’s not enough.

So many have asked me what I would like for my birthday. Well, I gotta tell you, out of all of the number one movies and all of the success, there is one thing that I would trade it all for. I would give it all up and start from nothing to have just one thing, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart. If I could give my mother her health and strength I would. That would be the ultimate birthday gift, and only God can grant that. So I ask that you will continue to pray for her and continue to pray that her spirits be lifted and encouraged.

Thank you for being a part of my life in such a unique and special way.

TP

Master’s Degree Program - Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Background

The AUN/SEED-Net Project with support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provides scholarships to highly qualified young teaching staff and graduating students/young graduates (i.e., potential future faculty staff) of Member Institutions to acquire master’s degrees in the following nine engineering fields at respective Host Institutions in other countries:
In order for AUN/SEED-Net students to produce high quality thesis research of international standard and to ensure the completion of the master’s degree within two years, AUN/SEED-Net provides vital support, in terms of financial and academic, through joint thesis research supervision, to AUN/SEED-Net Master’s students at all Host Institutions. The joint thesis research supervision will be carried out through the Collaborative Research Program, which has been created by each Host Institution for a few well-definedresearch themes (or research umbrellas) in consultation with Japanese Field Coordinating University, each of which is a collection of interrelated and progressively conducted thesis research topics. Each AUN/SEED-Net student (including doctoral sandwich student) shall conduct thesis research under one of these research themes.

Besides, according to AUN/SEED-Net Students’ Mobility scheme which is promoted to enable students to benefit educationally and culturally from the experience of learning at other Member Institution(s), Master’s students may be supported to take a course(s) or conduct research at other Member Institution(s) for a short period. Students are advised to consult with their advisors and Host Institution on the necessity, possibility and procedures of their mobility.

Those who complete this Master’s Degree Program with outstanding thesis research are encouraged to pursue a doctoral degree in one of the above nine fields either at Japanese Supporting Universities under the Doctoral Degree Program in Japan, or at Host Institutions (in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand) under theDoctoral Degree Sandwich Program with co-supervision by Japanese professors, or at the two Singaporean universities (NTU & NUS) under Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore.

Moreover, Master’s students who prove outstanding performance and feel interested in upgrading to doctoral level with maximum scholarship period of five (5) years could consult with their Host Institution on the possibility and requirements of being upgraded. Interested students are advised to inform their Sending Institutions in advance for their agreement.

Objectives
  1. To increase the number of high quality Master’s degree holders in engineering at Member Institutions which would be necessary to contribute to a sustainable industrial development of ASEAN countries. 
  2. To strengthen the Master’s degree support at the Host Institutions so that the production of high quality Master’s degree holders in engineering needed for the region is materialized within the region in collaboration with the Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities. 
  3. To strengthen human networking among teaching staff of Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities.
Target Number of Scholarships
Around 45 scholarships for each Japanese Fiscal Year will be supported (approximately five scholarships for each host field at Host Institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand).

Coverage of Scholarships
The scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses, health insurance, visa fee and airport tax, and a round-trip air ticket, in accordance with the AUN/SEED-Net Project regulations.

Commencement and Duration of Scholarships
The commencement of scholarship should be within the respective Japanese Fiscal Year; that is, awarded students should commence their study within April of the year– March of the next year.

The duration of the scholarship is strictly two years, counting from the day of arrival at a Host Institution. Students who need more than two years to acquire a degree will be expected to self-finance during period of extension.

Note: The AUN/SEED-Net Project, in consultation with the Host Institution, will terminate the award of any student who fails to maintain satisfactory progress at the Host Institution.

Scholarship Allocation
Although even distribution across nine fields and across Sending Institutions are taken into consideration, our scholarship allocation needs to be based on first-in-first-served policy; that is, depending on the submission of admission results from Host Institutions.

Submission Deadline of the Application Form
Applications for the Master’s Degree Program should be submitted, in printed forms, to the AUN/SEED-Net Project by End of January each year.

For complete details and application form, please see the Implementation Guideline and Application Form for Master's Degree Program.

Balanced Scorecard QA consultant - PricewaterhouseCoopers, Uganda

The Uganda Revenue Authority adopted the Balanced Scorecard as a strategy management framework in 2008.

The Objectives of the consultancy are to;
a) Quality Assure the new strategy development process based on the BSC.
b) Quality Assure the Development of the corporate planning process manual
c) Review and quality Assure the developed scorecards and ensure alignment with the Corporate strategy
d) Advise URA on how to translate the developed strategy into performance metrics for individual and Corporate Performance
e) Advise URA on the cross functional linkages with existing initiatives like the Electronic Tax System(etax), Human Resource Information systems(HRIS), Activity Based Budgeting(ABB)

Deliverables/ Outputs will be:
• Report on the review of the Strategy development Process
• Comments and recommendations on the developed scorecards
• Final report showing daily activities, time spent on each activity and recommendation for future CPPT activities.

Minimum experience required:
• At least Ten (10) years experience in building and implementing Corporate/Strategic Planning processes.
• Experience in business process re-engineering in a tax administration is an added advantage
• Training and experience in project planning and management
• Previous consultancies in strategic/Corporate Planning or related fields
• Experience and knowledge of Corporate Performance Measurement, monitoring and Evaluation based on the Balanced Scorecard methodology
• Knowledge and experience in Automated performance management system with specific exposure under the BSC framework
• Demonstrated evidence of having worked on similar or related assignments preferably in Tax Administration or public sector institutions.
• Demonstrated Experience in managing corporate wide change.

Assignment period
The consultancy will be in two (2) phases, with the first phase commencing in November 2009

Apply By: 14 October 2009

Apply for this job via: http://www.devex.com/jobs/

Sociologist/Institutional Expert - Team Leader, Tanzania

Egis Bceom International has acquired 60 years of experience in engineering and consultancy, enabling it to carry out major development projects financed by international and national funding agencies.

The company works in 90 countries where it is a French multi-disciplinary leader in the fields of transport (road, rail, ports, airports, engineering structures, etc.), water (drinking water, sewerage/sanitation, resource management, river hydraulics, etc.), the environment, energy, and economic and institutional consultancy.

Its teams of specialists (engineers, technicians, economists, financial, legal or institutional experts, etc.) are in a position to provide any type of service (planning, feasibility, preliminary and final design studies, works supervision, impact assessments, technical assistance and audits) to our public or private clients throughout the world.

Projet: Social Assessment for Integrated Water Resource Management

- Qualification: Degree in Sociology/ Social / Human Resource Development or similar

- Minimum of 15 years working experience including 10 years in the field of water resource management

- Proven team leadership experience

- 5 years experience in social assessment and capacity building of water user associations and/or water management organisations at basin / catchment levels.

- Fluency in English and working knowledge of Kiswahili required

- Working experience in Tanzania preferable

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

Apply By: 14 October 2009

Follow application instructions via the following link: http://www.devex.com/jobs/

K.U.Leuven IRO Scholarships Programme

Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation (IRO)

K.U.Leuven offers each academic year scholarships to deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD at L.U. Leuven, Belgium

The scholarships are only granted for doctoral or pre-doctoral programmes.
  • Scholarships for a pre-doctoral programme are awarded for only one year.
  • The scholarship may be converted into a scholarship for doctoral studies, thus extended for 4 more years, on the condition that you pass the pre-doctoral programme with distinction and are admitted to the doctoral programme.
  • The maximum period for which you may be awarded a scholarship is thus 5 years: 1 pre-doctoral year and 4 doctoral years.
  • The scholarship is renewable each year and its renewal depends on the annual evaluation by your supervisor.
Eligibility:
  1. You must be a citizen of a developing country recognised on the list of OECD-DAC. Citizens of Eastern European countries and former Russian republics are not eligible. In addition, it must be financially impossible for you or your family to pay for studies abroad.
  2. The age limit is 35 years of age. Priority is given to young students under 30 years of age.
  3. Excellent academic results.
  4. Women are encouraged to apply for the doctoral scholarship. With all things being equal in terms of academic background, evaluation and ranking by the faculty and the IRO Council with regard to two or more applicants considered for the scholarship, preference would be given to the female candidate.
At the level of the doctoral research topic
  1. In case you submitted your personal research proposal, it must be original, innovative and highly relevant for development. Likewise, the proposal must be clear, feasible and goal-oriented. It must be possible to complete the research within a maximum of four years.
  2. In case you selected a topic amongst the faculty research topics, the professor-supervisor must formally approve your candidacy for that research. With all things being equal in terms of academic background, evaluation and ranking by the faculty and the IRO Council with regard to two or more applicants considered for the scholarship, preference would be given to the female candidate.
Deadline: 30th November

Get the rest of the details from this web: http://www.kuleuven.be/iro/index.html

Humane Studies Fellowships

Scholarships up to $12,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad.

Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) to students interested in exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society through their academic work. IHS began the program in 1983 as the Claude R. Lambe Fellowships and in 2009 awarded more than 165 fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $12,000.

IHS considers applications from those who will be full-time graduate students, including law and journalism students, or undergraduate juniors or seniors during the 2010-11 academic year and who have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society.

Previous award winners have come from a range of fields such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology and literature. Their research focused on a variety of topics:
  • market-based approaches to environmental policy
  • the legal development of privacy and property rights in 18th-century England
  • the role of patient autonomy in bioethics
  • impediments to economic growth in developing countries
  • the relationship between U.S. presidential politics, fiscal policies, and economic performance
  • Select winners are invited to present and discuss their research at the annual Humane Studies Research Colloquium and to attend other colloquia throughout the year. Fellows also join a network of more than 10,000 IHS academics committed to the ideas of liberty and intellectual freedom.
IHS considers applications from those who will be full-time graduate students or undergraduate juniors or seniors during the 2010-11 academic year and who have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society.

 
Applicants are evaluated based on three primary criteria:
  • academic or professional performance
  • potential for success in chosen field
  • relevance of work to the advancement of a free society
Please note the following stipulations:
  • Fellowships are awarded for one year, and students may reapply in subsequent years.
  • Fellowships take into account the tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received by the recipient.
  • Full scholarships will not be awarded to students who will receive full-tuition scholarships or stipends from other sources, although these students may be considered for partial awards.
  • Award decisions by IHS and its trustees are final and not subject to appeal.
  • All applicants will be considered without regard to race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Although IHS considers applications from outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, fellowships are generally awarded to applicants who live or study in those countries.
Apply Now via http://theihs.org/MyIHS/Applications/ApplicationsHome.aspx
Deadline: December 31

Details of this scholarship can be obtained via the following link: http://www.theihs.org/ContentDetails.aspx?id=491

Boundary and Interior Layers (BAIL), Zaragoza, Spain, July 2010

BAIL 2010 - International Conference on Boundary and Interior Layers - Computational & Asymptotic Methods
University of Zaragoza, Spain

July 5th to 9th, 2010

Impending deadlines:
Deadline for Abstracts and Minisymposia Proposals: 20 February 2010

Confirmed main speakers:
Ramón Codina, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC) , Spain.
Ricardo Durán, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Claes Johnson, School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal
Institute of Technology, Sweden
Raytcho Lazarov, Texas A&M University, USA
Amable Liñan , Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain

The conference welcomes all aspects of analytical and numerical methods that are related to the efficient approximation of boundary and interior layers appearing in singular perturbation problems. Special emphasis is laid on the mathematical foundation of such methods and their application to physical models. Topics in any
scientific field (e.g., fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics, semiconductor modeling, control theory, elasticity, chemical reactor theory, porous media, etc.) in which boundary and interior layers occur are welcome.

The refereed proceedings of BAIL 2010 will appear in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering.

This is the latest in a series of BAIL conferences that began in 1980. To get a sense of the spirit of BAIL 2010, see the details of the BAIL 2006 Göttingen conference at http://www.math.uni-goettingen.de/bail/ and the BAIL 2008 conference at Limerick http://www.bail2008.ul.ie/index.html

Further details on webpage http://www.bail2010.unizar.es/

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