DPI was born out of an award-winning
A short timeline of our origins and history.
Chicago, May 2011
Meeting at the annual gathering for the Kellogg Innovation Network (now The World Innovation Network - TWIN), Mark Cutifani and Peter Bryant germinate the seed for a catalyst to imagine a new operating model for the mining sector.
Brazil, April 2012
Multiple stakeholders gather in Brazil for the KIN Mining Catalyst, facilitated to envision the mining company of the future. The session concludes with participants wanting the mining industry to unequivocally accept the need for a new operating model to ensure long-term success. Curious? Click to read the summary of the original Catalyst
Based on the Brazil session, the Development Partner Working Group convenes several times around the world to discuss ideas on how to move mining towards a more effective model of sustainable development. The first iteration of The Development Partner (DPF) Framework is built.
Work on the Framework continues into 2013. To test and validate The Framework, sustainability leaders at major organizations are consulted.
UK, October 2014
A similar session is hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the head of the Methodist Church
New York, December 2014
The Ford Foundation holds an event in New York to formally launch the Development Partner Framework. Over 100 leaders from business, government, investor, academia, civil society, indigenous and community organizations, and media attend.
The Development Partner Institute (DPI Mining) is established.
South Africa, April 2017
Inaugural Catalyst in Limpopo, South Africa takes place.
DPI Executive Director Wendy Tyrrell is appointed
DPI Catalysts are launched in Peru and Brazil, and the Beyond the Fence: Diversity and Inclusion in Mining Communities Spark Forum is held in Chicago, USA
DPI Director of Programs and Initiatives, Julia Baxter-McGoldrick is appointed
Catalyst Launches take place in Ecuador, Zambia and Australia. The DPI hosts the Accelerating Towards a Cleaner Energy Future Spark Forum, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute, as well as the Responsible Sourcing: Mine to Consumer Spark Forum, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation
A Global Mining Research Spark Forum is held at the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, and the DPF Framework is refreshed for 2020
The refreshed Development Partner Framework is launched