REPOA calls on researchers, govt and companies to adopt RID system  

01Jul 2021
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
REPOA calls on researchers, govt and companies to adopt RID system  

THE country’s top think-tank-REPOA is calling on researchers, government and companies to adopt and use the "Resource Impact Dashboard (RID) research system so as to monitor and measure local impacts of the mining operations.

REPOA director of research Dr Lucas Katera.

Speaking during the capacity building event on the new system, REPOA director of research Dr Lucas Katera said that it is high time for the country to adopt the system something which would contribute to asses and directly know how mining activities affect positively the sorrounding communities.

The training brought together researchers and experts from various private and public institutions so as to introduce them with the system and enable them be able to apply when doing studies on the impacts of mining in communities.

"RID is a new system which REPOA in collaboration with the Resource Impact organisation has introduced in the country. So what we will do is to train our researchers and stakeholders on the importance of the system and how to make good oluse of it  to promote sustainable development," he said.

Dr Katera said that the Resource Impact Dashboard enables stakeholders to monitor the effects of resource extraction on local development at the mine site level –based on data from household surveys, public sources, and from mining companies.

"An evidence-based deliberation between companies, government bodies and the local population can promote more development-oriented and effective governance of resource extraction at the producer level. The RID system supports the collection and visualisation of data on a broad range of development relevant data on a regular basis to monitor impacts in the local community," he explained.

Dr Abel Kinyondo, senior economic lecturer at the University of Far es Salaam (UDSM) said more needs to be done in the country's mining laws so as to recognise artisanal miners as they also contribute a lot in the country's development.

He also called for regular dialogue between the government and stakeholders on various challenges facing the mining sector so as to make the sector contribute more in the country's economic development.

Fritz Brugger, director of the Centre of Development and Cooperation said if well adopted and applied, the RID system will bring positive impacts which include enhancing equitable, evidence-based policy dialogue on natural resource governance.

"I am happy that we have partnered with REPOA to bring this system in the country and educate researchers and local stakeholders on how the RID system can be deployed in the country to promote sustainable development for communities in mining areas," he said.

According to Brugger, the RID system has produced positive impacts in various countries such as Burkina Faso and Mozambique.

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