IIED has published the first edition of its new artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) newsletter. The quarterly newsletter will feature updates on IIED's ASM work and will highlight news reports on ASM from around the world.
IIED's ASM team is working for a fair and accountable mining sector. The ASM dialogue programme is designed to provide a forum for multi-stakeholder collaboration in order to promote better governance, greater voice, and secure and productive employment across the mining sector and related livelihoods.
The September 2016 newsletter introduces IIED's ASM team and focuses particularly on Ghana, with reports on a country dialogue on participatory sector reform, women's small-scale mining communities, and profiles of 11 artisanal gold miners.
News of our ASM work has been featured by Ghanaian media and other outlets:
- Mining industry relations to receive major boost in Ghana (GhanaWeb)
- New group to promote artisanal and small-scale mining (Ghana Business News)
- Artisanal and small-scale mining sector reforms initiated (Ghana News Agency)
- Ghana to transform small-scale mining Into engine Of growth (News Ghana)
- Small miners – from digging in danger to becoming legal (InterPress Service)
- From Tarkwa to Westminster, Hilda to Church House (Georgette Sakyi-Addo)
The newsletter also provides details of publications on artisanal and small-scale mining that are available to read and download from the IIED website:
- Artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Ghana. Evidence to inform an Action Dialogue, which provides background research on ASM in Ghana – giving an overview of the sector, identifying the barriers to formalisation, and offering some actionable ways forward'
- Case studies from five countries, drawing out challenges and successes, in State gold-buying programmes. Effective instruments to reform the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector?
- Artisanal and small-scale mining and agriculture. Exploring their links in rural sub-Saharan Africa, which explores the links between ASM and subsistence farming in sub-Saharan Africa.
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