Abbi Buxton's blog posts

Abbi Buxton is lead researcher on IIED's Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Knowledge Programme. Her work is focused on the large and small-scale mining sectors and corporate community relations in mining. Her expertise relates to market-based development models, private sector approaches to development, business and value chain analysis and small-scale producers in markets.

05 Feb 2015  |  Natural resource management, Sustainable markets
Not enough has been heard from local voices in the mining sector over the last 10 years. In the next year, this needs to change.
12 Nov 2014  |  Energy, Natural resource management, Sustainable markets
Artisanal and small-scale miners informally produce 15-20 per cent of the world's gold and 80 per cent of its sapphires. Yet the sector faces complex problems. IIED and its partners have...
11 Feb 2014  |  Energy, Poverty
Abbi Buxton reports on efforts to overcome distrust and conflict between artisanal and large-scale mining operations, through an international project that will bring the two sides...
12 Dec 2012  |  Energy, Poverty, Sustainable markets
What are the barriers to engaging small-scale producers and low-income consumers, and how can private sector interventions be improved to reach the poorest?
06 Sep 2012  |  Food and agriculture, Sustainable markets
New deals between flower-growers in Kenya and big retailers such as Walmart offer African farmers a chance to expand.
18 Jun 2012  |  Sustainable markets
When stakeholders at IIED's Fair Ideas conference in Rio discussed how the mining industry has fared in meeting the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development initiative (MMSD) agenda...
13 Jun 2012  |  Policy and planning, Sustainable markets
It is rare for a controversial industry to engage with its critics, seek advice and pledge positive action for sustainable development.
07 Jun 2012  |  Natural resource management, Sustainable markets
Ten years ago, the mining industry, in collaboration with the IIED, set out to explore how it could maximise its contribution to sustainable development through the Mining, Minerals and...
11 Mar 2011  |  Governance, Natural resource management
A global initiative requiring public reporting of revenues from extractive industries could go further
18 Feb 2011  |  Natural resource management, Sustainable markets
The world's first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold is launched in the UK to help formalise the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. But is formalisation the best way forward?