Naomi Kakundu is from the small town of Ndola in the copperbelt province of Zambia. In 2014, she was a second-year law student at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law, considering whether to take an elective course in mineral law.
In Scotland, from Conakry, Guinea, Abdoul Karim Kabele-Camara was working on his PhD at the University of Dundee, specializing in mining infrastructure development and regulation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In Mozambique, Deisy Ribeiro had begun her first year as a law student and became interested in mineral law after hearing about her country’s natural resource discoveries and the lack of local professionals to meet the needs of companies investing in Mozambique.
Naomi, Abdoul and Deisy joined 11 other students in 2014 to become part of Africa’s next generation of leaders in the mining sector, through their role as founding members of the Legal Research Team of the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Project.
The AMLA Project gathers, organizes, and disseminates laws and builds capacity across the African continent via three main channels:
- An online platform, providing a free, easily accessible one-stop resource for Africa's mining legal framework;
- Production of a guiding template, an annotated document outlining legislative solutions to assist in the preparation or revision of African mining laws; and
- Capacity building through training (on-ground and remotely) of African law students in the use of the platform and overall mining law issues.
Initiated by the World Bank Group in 2013, the AMLA Project is a multi-stakeholder program that works in close partnership with the African Legal Support Facility, the African Union Commission, several African universities and other global private and public institutions.