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.

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

IIED has published the second edition of its new artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) newsletter, which provides coverage of our work to facilitate dialogue and collaboration for a fair and accountable mining sector.

This newsletter previews #shareASM day, which takes place on Wednesday, 1 February 2017. IIED is hosting this "digital day" dedicated to ASM, and will be publishing its latest research throughout the day. ASM stakeholders from around the world will also be able to contribute and share their views online, linking up to the international audience by using the hashtag "#shareASM".

#shareASM day comes just a week before two key mining conferences, the Investing in African Mining Indaba and the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI), both of which take place in Cape Town in early February. IIED will be participating in both events, and will be reporting back via Twitter – if you don't already follow IIED on Twitter, you can sign up at https://twitter.com/IIED

'The time is right' 

The newsletter reports that ASM stakeholders in Tanzania are agreed that 'the time is right' to start talking about how to improve ASM in their country.

IIED has started work on convening a multi-stakeholder dialogue in Tanzania. This will be locally-driven process that gives a range of stakeholders an opportunity to collaborate in order to seek better governance, greater representation and safer employment.

IIED is working with Tanzanian partners to develop the research needed to inform the dialogue process, and to convene experts and specialists to support the roll out of the programme. 

News and views

The newsletter features a recent blog by IIED's Fitsum Weldegiorgis exploring how ASM can make a positive contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It also reports on steps towards better governance of Madagascar's ASM sector. 

The newsletter also highlights a series of video interviews with participants at an ASM dialogue event in Ghana. More than 50 representatives from government, civil society, industry and the ASM sector attended the four-day event, which was hosted by IIED and Ghanaian NGO Friends of the Nation. 

After the event, miners, students and ASM representatives recorded interviews to share what they had learned and their hopes for the future

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Fitsum Weldegiorgis (fitsum.weldegiorgis@iied.org), senior researcher, Shaping Sustainable Markets research group