The CET is taking a lead role in Stage 3 of the West African Exploration Initiative, which starts this September with a kick-off sponsors meeting in Dakar, Senegal. The West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) is an ambitious research and training program led by a consortium of partner institutions, focused on the mineral potential of the West African Craton. This initiative, which commenced in November 2006, has been principally funded by the international Mining Industry and the Australian Government (AusAID & ARC), via an AMIRA International consortium. AMIRA International is an industry association dedicated to supporting collaborative minerals industry research. Capacity building activities have led to over 35 graduate projects, half of them taken up by African students, and an average of 5 short courses per year, run exclusively in West Africa. The WAXI project has a close collaboration with the International Mining for Development Centre (www.IM4DC.org).