FOSS4G 2023

The role of FOSS in mining sector in Malawi
06-30, 10:30–11:00 (Europe/Tirane), UBT C / N110 - Second Floor

The extractive sector in Malawi has been marked as one of the development enablers to achieve the 2063 Agenda established by African nations. As the mining sector continues to develop, open-source software such as QGIS has been a vital and cost-effective tool in monitoring mining activities for the purpose of tracking the effects of mining on the environment and human populations and encouraging accountability from stakeholders in relation to the Malawi government regulations. Open-source software and data have also been vital in resolving compensation issues in communities that exist in mining areas and allow for geoscientists to give needed to advice to affected stakeholders.

Ruth Mumba is a Geologist and development enthusiast. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science and Geography from the University of Malawi. In her professional work, she conducts geological research and disseminates geological data to different stakeholders in relation to the development of the extractives sector in Malawi. Ruth has mentored other emerging young geoscientists in the field of GIS, Mapping, and Geothermal Development. In 2019, she was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow, being identified as a young emerging leader.