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Towards inclusive and responsible mining

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  • The new ASM newsletter, which is published quarterly (Image: IIED)

    IIED publishes latest newsletter on artisanal and small-scale mining

    IIED's latest newsletter reports on efforts to promote fairness and good governance in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector

    31 January 2017 | News | Energy
  • IIED's second country dialogue on ASM began in Tanzania in September 2016 (Photo: Gabriela Flores/IIED)

    'The time is right' for dialogue about sustainable ASM in Tanzania

    IIED is convening a multi-stakeholder dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in Tanzania. The locally-driven process will provide an opportunity to collaborate for better governance, greater representation and more safe and secure employment in the ASM sector

    19 January 2017 | Project | Energy
  • IIED's second #shareASM digital day will take place on 1 February across the globe (Image: IIED)

    IIED to host 2nd online artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) day

    IIED hosted a "digital day" dedicated to artisanal and small-scale mining on 1 February, 2017, connecting mining stakeholders across the globe. Use #shareASM to follow the conversation

    19 January 2017 | News | Communication
  • Women play a major role in the ASM sector in Ghana, as they do in all countries where ASM takes place. The dialogue meetings offered the chance to share ideas about improving working conditions and community wellbeing (Photo: Friends of the Nation)

    New voices: Ghanaian miners, students and civil society representatives talk about ASM

    Participants at a dialogue event held in Ghana in early 2016 included mineworkers, small mine owners, students and other community members. They shared with IIED their thoughts about the event and what they had learned about the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector during the four days of the dialogue

    27 October 2016 | Article | Energy
  • Artisanal and small-scale miners in Madagascar show the dynamic nature of the sector (Photo: Fitsum Weldegiorgis/IIED)

    Talking sustainable development in the troubled world of ASM

    Fitsum Weldegiorgis explores how artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) can make a positive contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    25 October 2016 | Blog | Energy
  • The new ASM newsletter (Image: IIED)

    New IIED newsletter on artisanal and small-scale mining

    IIED has published the first edition of its new artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) newsletter. The regular email will feature updates on IIED's ASM work and highlights news reports on ASM from around the world

    6 October 2016 | News | Communication
  • Workers at the Dakete Gold Mine explain health and safety procedures in a powdering station. The IIED dialogue aimed to engage key stakeholders, including mineworkers, in a conversation about the future of ASM mining in Ghana (Photo: Friends of the Nation)

    ASM dialogue creates ambition for change in Ghana

    A dialogue in Ghana presented a unique opportunity to bring stakeholders together and find solutions to realise the potential of small-scale mining

    15 September 2016 | Blog | Energy
  • Women from a mining community talk with Amina Tahiru, a member of the Learning and Leadership Group (Photo: Gabriella Flores)

    In pictures: a dialogue for action on mining in Ghana

    This photo gallery documents the lively conversations about the future of Ghana's artisinal and small-scale mining sector at an "action dialogue" organised by IIED and partners

    6 September 2016 | Blog | Energy
  • Working in shifts, an artisanal and small-scale miner in the Western region of Ghana relaxes at the top of a 15m mine shaft reinforced with a wooden 'cage' after several hours of digging (Photo: James McQuilken (@James_McQuilken/

    Ghana: on our way to participatory reform in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector

    With an engaged government, private sector and multi-stakeholder engagements already in place with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities, Ghana provides an excellent opportunity for a dialogue that delivers solutions to the challenges facing the ASM sector

    15 July 2016 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • Women including mining engineer Judith Akorfa Buaba (centre) employed at the Dakete mine, in Ghana (Photo: Gabriela Flores Zavala)

    Can mining dig rural women out of poverty in Ghana?

    An IIED dialogue with small-scale mining communities discovered women see mining as a source of hope – but that their dreams are seldom realised

    8 March 2016 | Blog | Energy
  • Collins Ade (washer, 17)

    Voices from artisanal mining communities in Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Ghana

    IIED and partners is organising a dialogue with people working in Ghana's artisanal and small-scale mining industry. This page features interviews with stakeholders in artisanal mining communities to set the scene

    19 January 2016 | Article | Energy
  • Eighteen-year-old Maame Esi Rose, who washes ore to help her and two younger siblings survive, will contribute to the artisanal and small-scale mining sector dialogue in Ghana (Photo: IIED)

    Talking mining in Ghana

    Stakeholders from Ghana's artisanal mining communities will share their perspectives in discussions to identify how to improve the artisanal and small-scale mining sector in the country

    19 January 2016 | News | Energy
  • A street vendor sells produce in Surabaya, Indonesia (Photo: Schristia, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Showcasing innovations in policy approaches to informality

    IIED's Shaping Sustainable Markets initiative has published seven briefing papers that showcase innovations – and challenges – in developing inclusive policy approaches for the informal economy

    21 July 2015 | Article | Economics
  • A collection of resources and images relating to the artisanal and small-scale mining sector compiled by IIED (Photos/images: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures and IIED)

    Join us to #shareASM knowledge

    Throughout Thursday, June 25, IIED created an online space for dialogue and sharing knowledge and information about the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector

    25 June 2015 | Article | Energy
  • Employees work deep within a tunnel at the Nsangano Gold Mine, Mawemeru village in Geita District, Tanzania in March 2015 (Photo: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    Laying the foundations for a dialogue series on ASM

    With support from the Ford Foundation, IIED is undertaking a robust research and engagement programme, including the convening of a 'visioning workshop' on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), to lay the foundations for a multi-stakeholder dialogue series on ASM

    24 June 2015 | Project | Energy
  • Fortunatus Waziri, a driller, works deep within a tunnel at the Nsangano Gold Mine, Mawemeru village in Geita District, Tanzania (Photo: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    IIED to host international ASM day

    IIED will host a day dedicated to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on Thursday, 25 June, using online networks to connect mining communites across the globe

    19 June 2015 | Article | Communication
  • An illustration mapping the interdependent relationships within the ASM sector (Image: Scriberia)

    Illustrating the ASM challenges

    A new image explores the world of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), drawing on interviews with different stakeholders, IIED's own experience of the sector, and our research

    19 June 2015 | Article | Energy
  • Levocatus Saidi Bujiku has been working as an artisanal miner for about two years (Photo: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    Gold mining: the search for common ground

    To better understand the wide range of people who depend on gold mining, IIED travelled to Tanzania to talk to some of them. Here are some of their stories

    11 June 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • Women crush and separate rocks containing gold ore for extraction at Nsangano Gold Mine, Mawemeru village, Geita, Tanzania (Photo: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    Picturing the ASM space

    Involving a wide range of stakeholders is helping create a common understanding of the issues in addressing artisanal and small-scale mining. Matthew McKernan looks at how IIED’s 'visioning workshop' has helped shape priorities going forward

    5 June 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • IIED's ASM workshop brought together stakeholders from across the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to share their experiences and perspectives (Photo: Teresa Corcoran/IIED)

    Waking the lazy, sleepy giant

    A two-day 'visioning workshop' on artisanal and small-scale mining generated a shared sense of optimism – and a vision to wake up the 'big lazy, sleeping giant" that is government

    21 May 2015 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Employees work deep within a tunnel at the Nsangano Gold Mine, Mawemeru village in Geita District, Tanzania (Photo: copyright Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    A shared long-term vision for ASM

    Diverse stakeholders from across the world of gold mining share a long-term vision of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) as a functional business sector

    29 April 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • Miners work deep within a tunnel at Nsangano gold mine in the Geita District (Photo: copyright Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    Gold for life

    Images from Geita District in northwest Tanzania show the diverse range of people that depend on gold mining for their livelihood

    24 April 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • A small-scale mine in Mawemeru village, Geita district, Tanzania (Photo: copyright Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    A mine of information

    As IIED prepares to launch its Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Series on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining with a two-day "visioning workshop" bringing together influential stakeholders, we have pulled together a list of useful resources on ASM.

    20 April 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • The Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation secures houses, sanitation and land rights for members. Communication and participation are central to the way it works (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Do you have the power to influence your own life?

    IIED is keen to open up dialogue across the mining sector, including the voices of the marginalised. Here, Liz Carlile explores the importance of having a voice

    6 March 2015 | Blog | Communication
  • A small mining operation near Garies in the Western Cape, South Africa (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Stuck between a deposit and a hard place

    Exploration firms and junior mining companies are often the first point of contact with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), and as such, they have an important voice and role to play

    26 February 2015 | Blog | Energy
  • A group of miners who are working the Kawa Ijen volcano in Java, Indonesia. The miners carry sulfur down the volcano and to the processing centre where the sulfur is weighed and the miner is paid (Photo: Adam Cohn, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Time to tell a new story about artisanal and small-scale mining: time for a new "indaba"

    As the mining sector gathers for the annual Indaba meeting, Steve Bass suggests that ongoing purposeful dialogue could make a big difference in tackling the problems facing the artisinal mining sector

    11 February 2015 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Miners pushing a cart out of a mine near the Bolivian town of Potosi. For centuries this area had the richest silver mines in South America. Today many of the mines are worked by local cooperatives, but conditions are still harsh (Photo Nyall & Maryanne, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Listen and learn: lessons from the small-scale mining sector

    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.

    5 February 2015 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining accounts for 20 per cent of world gold production (Photo: Travis Lupick, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Delivering solutions through multi-stakeholder dialogue

    IIED's dialogue series has been designed to address the global coordination and knowledge gaps that exist in the artisanal and small–scale mining (ASM) sector

    5 February 2015 | Project | Energy
  • Ancestral miners rush to find gold and platinum ore at a mine wall opened by medium-scale mining (Photo: Ronald de Hommel)

    Informality and formalisation in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector

    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 published two papers on the risks

    12 November 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • Extractive industry workers are pictured on a beach; a new report recommends that transparency initiatives need to be more inclusive and relevant to local needs for communities most affected by oil, gas or mining projects (Photo: Images)

    Transparency: Giving local communities a window on the extractive industries

    Why transparency initiatives need to be more inclusive and relevant to local needs for communities most affected by oil, gas or mining projects

    28 May 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • A panel discusses artisanal and small-scale mining at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town (Photo: Abbi Buxton/IIED)

    Building bridges between the money and the many in mining

    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 together to seek sustainable ways to coexist.

    11 February 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • An oil flare in Port Harcourt Nigeria.

    Transparency: can it work for sustainable development?

    The world is finally waking up to the need for transparency in business deals. New EU transparency legislation was announced earlier this month and next month transparency will be a major theme at the G8 summit. This week the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has its bi-annual conference, and the UK and France have just announced they will join the initiative. The big question is can greater transparency help sustainable development?

    23 May 2013 | Blog | Governance
  • Cover image from EITI and sustainable development: Lessons and new challenges for the Caspian region

    Study shows how to improve Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    An international effort to ensure good governance of natural resources could do more to improve accountability and sustainability, according to research in the oil- and gas-rich Caspian Sea Region that IIED has published today.

    14 March 2013 | News | Energy
  • Small-scale gold miners in Madagascar. Photo: Global Environment Facility

    IIED shines a light on small-scale mining

    Small-scale and artisanal mining — a sector that governments and development agencies often see as only as a problem — could be a source of sustainable livelihoods for millions of marginalised people, say researchers at the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    5 March 2013 | News | Natural resource management
  • Open pit mine in Central Cebu, Philippines.

    Mining: Implementing sustainability needs new perspective

    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 set 10 years ago, the challenge of implementation kept cropping up.

    18 June 2012 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Small-scale miners dig soil mining for tin in Rwanda.

    The mining sector searches for sustainability

    It is rare for a controversial industry to engage with its critics, seek advice and pledge positive action for sustainable development.

    13 June 2012 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Key words related to mining and sustainable development (Image: IIED)

    Mining's search for sustainability: how far have we come?

    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 Sustainable Development (MMSD) project. So, what has happened since then? Where are we now?

    7 June 2012 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • The Collahuasi copper mine in northern Chile is a zero-discharge operation, with much of its water being recycled (Photo: Pablo Necochea, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Mining: Big progress but new challenges as sector searches for sustainability

    The mining and minerals industry has made major advances towards sustainability but the sector faces new challenges as governments in the global South reassert control over their natural resources yet lack the capacity to ensure mining can contribute to sustainable development.

    7 June 2012 | News | Sustainable markets
  • Fairtrade and formalisation for small-scale miners

    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?

    18 February 2011 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • A meeting of mines

    Bringing together small-scale miners and globalised mining operations could help to find solutions for many of the ills affecting artisanal miners worldwide

    20 April 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Manganese mining in Gabon (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD)

    This page collates all the material previously available from ''. All project documents, including the MMSD Working paper Series, final reports, regional reports, project bulletins and workshop notes are available for free download.

    3 March 2009 | Project | Natural resource management
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