The West Africa Exploration Initiative (WAXI: is a 50-organisation strong public-private-partnership research and training program.

Founded in2005 by the University of Western Australia’s Professor Mark Jessell in association with AMIRA International and the Institute de Recherche pour le Développement, the not-for-profit initiative was conceptualised to provide exploration companies with required information to ensuring optimal exploration success. 

Bringing together major stakeholders in the mineral exploration industry in the region, WAXI assists exploration companies to focus their activities in highly-prospective areas such as the West African Craton.

To date, the program has trained 36 postgraduate students and post doctorate fellows, and run 14 research and management courses. Research outcomes have provided the industry with new exploration knowledge and the know-how to better manage their country’s resources. The countries involved include Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Liberia,Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Togo and Guinea.

A conference presenting 4 years of WAXI research will be held at UWA on 25 May 2015 from 9am - 5pm. This conference will co-incide with Africa Day and precede the launch of UWA's Africa Research Cluster, an open event that will take place from 5.30-7.30pm.

Prof Mark Jessell
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) School of Earth and Environment