Partnerships for Development

Discussing digital geological mapping with National Minerals Agency staff in Sierra Leone

We are funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) through their Partnerships for Development (P4D) programme. This programme facilitates and supports peer-to-peer development partnerships between UK public sector institutions and those in developing countries. We typically work with organisations that are involved in acquiring, interpreting, managing and disseminating geological data, such as other geological surveys.


The main aim of our work is to support our partner countries in developing sustainable extractives sectors. Many developing countries are rich in natural resources, and a well-managed extractives sector can make a huge contribution towards economic growth and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Easy access to robust, well-managed geological data provides the fundamental basis for a strong extractives sector, and can also help to manage many other major challenges such as the impact of natural hazards.

Under P4D BGS has developed strong partnerships in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Ghana. We are actively working to develop partnerships in other countries including Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

In Sierra Leone, we work with the National Minerals Agency and the Petroleum Directorate. Our partnership covers development of geological skills at both agencies, including fieldwork; work on data management systems; and building up the laboratories at the NMA.

In Kenya, we are providing technical assistance to the Kenyan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining as it establishes a National Geodata Centre (GDC). This is in response to the Kenyan Government recognising the need to improve access by investors to the geoscience data and information holdings of the Ministry through its Directorate of Geological Surveys (DGS); to enhance the ability of the DGS to conduct research to determine Kenya’s mineral potential; and to safeguard the country’s geoscientific data into the future.


In the Kyrgyz Republic we are working with the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use (SCIESU) to assist them in making their extractives and geohazard data more available, both internally and externally. Our partnership covers the development of skills in GIS, database design and development, data management and data delivery, with our ultimate goal being the provision of data on a central server which can be accessed and delivered through a GeoScience Data Index (GIS system). Our partnership in Tajikistan, with the Main Department of Geology, covers similar themes.


In Ghana, we are developing a partnership with the Ghana Geological Survey Authority, supporting them through capacity building around geological data management, geological skills and laboratories.