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.

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

The ASM sector is diverse, with complex links to government, communities, consumers and the larger mining sector.

To better understand the 'big picture', and see how these stakeholders depend and link to one another, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has tried to map the ASM space. 

The illustration above, produced by Scriberia, is the result, based on literature reviews, interviews with key actors in the mining sector and our experience.

The image – which can also be found on IIED's Flickr website, where users are further able to magnify it – draws on information gathered at our two-day 'visioning workshop' in April 2015, where we were able to interview different stakeholders. 

A further blank image can again be found on IIED's Flickr website, where users are further able to magnify it, offering stakeholders the opportunity to provide their own views.

The workshop, which is part of a broader five-year ASM policy dialogues, reflects the need to shape an agenda for collaboration in order to tackle the complex shared challenges within the ASM sector.

We provided a round-up of IIED's coverage of the visioning workshop via Storify.