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Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)

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  • Man smiling broadly holds up to the camera a fragment of gold between his thumb and finger

    Artisanal and small-scale mining in Honduras: fostering responsible practices and supply chains

    The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and IIED are hosting an event at the 15th OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains exploring the potential and challenges of artisanal and small-scale mining in Honduras

    20 April 2022 | Event | Sustainable markets
  • Fenced working site in a field. There are workers and cars parked and a mineral exploratoion drilling rig

    Mineral exploration goes unchecked as demand escalates

    Growing demands for ‘green’ minerals and metals are driving new mineral exploration at a pace and scale that we cannot ignore

    16 February 2022 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Two men on the side of a mountain; one bends over to pick up two sacks, the other carries them on his shoulders

    Promoting better policy and citizen agency in the mining sector

    The mining sector is booming in many countries across the global South. Governments, communities and civil society organisations are mobilising to reshape the landscape of mineral extraction in diverse ways. IIED’s legal tools team is promoting citizen agency in the mining sector through policy analysis, action research and socio-legal empowerment work

    22 December 2021 | Project | Natural resource management
  • A group of women stand and sit around a table discussing and adding information to a large piece of paper

    Scaling up CRAFT and Fairmined initiatives for responsible gold in Honduras

    IIED is working with the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and other organisations to prepare stakeholders in Honduras’ artisanal and small-scale mining sector to implement the European Union regulation on conflict minerals, improve practices within mineral supply chains and improve the livelihoods of artisanal and small-scale miners through responsible gold production

    17 November 2021 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • Two men carry a tray on the muddy side of a stretch of water, while another man, bending down, sorts through small stones

    Mining cobalt better

    While the post-COVID-19 world looks at ‘building back better’, little has changed for artisanal cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over the last 12 months, IIED’s research in partnership with Afrewatch DRC has found nascent efforts to improve the sector to be at risk of creating “islands of responsibility” while failing to drive the broad based societal and environmental change envisaged by the ‘building back better’ agenda

    29 September 2021 | Blog | Gender
  • A man stands in front of a group of seated people outside answering questions

    Partnerships and collaboration for a more responsible minerals sector

    Transitioning to a more sustainable and inclusive economy that will deliver the Sustainable Development Goals requires increased consideration of the social and environmental impacts of supply chains. Mineral supply chains have particularly significant impacts, both on the environment and on the conditions of workers in these supply chains. IIED's work on sustainable mineral markets targets government and private sector policymaking to ensure a focus on inclusion and equality

    4 May 2021 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • People walking down a street with mountains in the background

    Foreign investment, knowledge and international arbitration: inside a research trip

    International investment law and investor dispute arbitration too often fail to notice the concerns of local actors. Guest blogger Nicolás Perrone argues that governance of these international mechanisms needs to take a more holistic, development-based view of the issues

    22 June 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A man stands as he speaks to a seated group of people surrounding him

    How to get the most out of dialogue

    A new IIED-commissioned review seeks to deepen understanding of what makes effective dialogue and why

    3 June 2020 | Blog | Communication
  • A canopy above the entrance to a mine. Written on the canopy is 'Bienvenidos a Marmato" - welcome to Marmato

    Mining reforms have left Colombia’s artisanal miners behind

    Following a recent visit to California, Colombia, Jimena Sierra and Brendan Schwartz discuss the impact of the government’s push to promote large-scale mining on artisanal and small-scale gold miners

    15 April 2020 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Artisanal miners of Mali

    Mali’s new mining law: an improvement, but fails artisanal miners

    Mali’s long-awaited mining reforms are here. A mix of progressive and outdated measures, the code must pass parliamentary review before entering into law. We assess the significance of three aspects of the legislation

    8 October 2019 | Blog | Law
  • Water and gravity are used to separate and, ultimately, leave the diamonds (Photo: James McQuilken/@J_McQuilken)

    Sustainable development and artisanal mining: time to broaden the ‘blood diamonds’ conversation?

    Millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries depend on diamond mining for a living. Yet a focus on dealing with so-called ‘blood diamonds’ stops a wider conversation about how to help these people thrive

    3 December 2018 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Rehema Peter Mushi mines red garnets and sapphires in Tanzania. She recently won a grant to purchase equipment (Photo: Magali Rochat/IIED)

    IIED to host 3rd online artisanal and small-scale mining day

    IIED will host its third 'digital day' dedicated to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on 15 March 2018, connecting mining stakeholders across the globe

    2 March 2018 | News | Sustainable markets
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining stakeholders in Tanzania explore solutions to key challenges (Photo: Steve Aanu/IIED)

    Using dialogue to extract sustainable solutions for artisanal and small-scale mining

    Fitsum Weldegiorgis shares challenges and successes from IIED's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) dialogues in Ghana, Madagascar and most recently in Tanzania

    26 February 2018 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Pope Francis met with indigenous leaders, including Yesica Patiachi who is from the Harakbut people, one of the three main ethnic groups in the Madre de Dios region

    On pilgrimage in Madre de Dios: starting a journey to sustainable artisanal mining

    Pope Francis condemned threats to the Amazon's peoples and forests when he visited Peru. After the world's media has moved on, what next for those working to improve the artisanal mining sector?

    7 February 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Miners from the Tanga region in northern Tanzania participating in discussions about how to  make ASM in Tanzania more sustainable (Photo: Steve Aanu)

    Mining dialogue paves the way for change

    Participants at a dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) say the event has challenged their ideas about the sector and could pave the way for change 

    5 February 2018 | News | Natural resource management
  • Dialogue participants visited ASM operations (Photo: Mkhululi Nkosilamandla Ncube)

    Can ASM lead the Africa Mining Vision?

    IIED and Tanzanian partners recently hosted a national dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania. Mkhululi Nkosilamandla Ncube reports on the event, and shares his views of how the ASM dialogue process aligns with his work in promoting the Africa Mining Vision

    7 December 2017 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • A woman miner holds a rough red garnet found at a mine in Tanzania. Tanzania's artisanal and small-scale miners are fuelled by determination and the hope to strike it big (Photo: Magali Rochat)

    Four lessons on communicating ASM stories of change

    The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector has many problems – and good stories are not often heard. Gabriela Flores looks at how effective communications can help mining communities learn about good practices that are being developed by their peers

    17 October 2017 | Blog | Communication
  • Artisanal and small-scale miners at work at Geita gold mine, in Tanzania. Miners were interviewed about their experiences and thoughts about what needs to change (Photo: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)

    Campaigns: activities framed by a strategy to support project aims

    We developed a communications strategy that was designed to let the voices of artisanal and small-scale miners be heard in discussions about inclusive and sustainable mining

    23 August 2017 | Article | Communication
  • The Bekily sapphire site is located in the commune of Ambinany, in Toliara, bordering the National Park of Zombitse-Vohibasia (Photo: Andry Rabemanantsoa/GIZ PAGE Madagascar)

    In pictures: Dialogues and pilot projects for better ASM governance in Madagascar

    A pictorial tour of efforts to improve the governance of Madagascar's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector

    15 March 2017 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Site de lavage des sables à saphir dans la rivière Fiherenana (Photo: Andry Rabemanantsoa / GIZ PAGE Madagascar)

    Dialogues et projets pilotes pour une meilleure gouvernance du secteur EMAPE à Madagascar

    GIZ à Madagascar a engagé un processus de dialogue afin d'améliorer la gouvernance du secteur de l'exploitation minière artisanale et à petite échelle (EMAPE). Blogueur invité Andry Rabemanantsoa nous donne un aperçu de leur travail à ce jour au travers de ces images

    15 March 2017 | Blog | Energy
  • Sapphire pits to be rehabilitated in Anikilabo, shown during the site visit of the major of a local mining community, Ampasy Nahampoana (Photo: Andry Rabemanantsoa/GIZ PAGE Madagascar)

    Dialogue and action in equal measure

    Svenja Brachmann explains how a GIZ programme in Madagascar is promoting more responsible artisanal and small-scale mining

    13 March 2017 | Blog | Energy
  • Pits at Bekily sapphire mine in Toliara are on average 18 meters deep (Photo: Andry Rabemanantsoa/GIZ PAGE Madagascar)

    Improving governance in Madagascar's artisanal and small-scale mining sector from the ground up

    IIED has been supporting the agency for German development cooperation GIZ and its environmental programme in Madagascar in its work to promote better governance in the Malagasy artisanal and small-scale mining sector

    8 March 2017 | Project | Natural resource management
  • Paul, a gold prospector in Burkina Faso (Photo: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR)

    Six steps forward for African mining

    Reflecting on common themes emerging from Cape Town's Mining Indaba and the Alternative Mining Indaba 'counter-summit', Fitsum Weldegiorgis sets out six ways to keep momentum going, for driving a profitable African mining sector that also delivers for its people

    1 March 2017 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • IIED's Fitsum Weldegiorgis presents at the action dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania (Photo: Steve Aanu)

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

    IIED's second country dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) took place in Geita, Tanzania, in November 2017. The four-day event brought together around 90 participants, including miners, government officials and representatives from large mining companies and civil society organisations

    19 January 2017 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | News | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 artisanal and small-scale mining sector at an "action dialogue" organised by IIED and partners

    6 September 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • An artisanal miner

    Ghana: on our way to participatory reform in the artisanal and small-scale mining 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 | Gender
  • Mecati Forest, Mozambique: a group of charcoal producers clear trees and prepare to make charcoal. Each year more than eight million bags of charcoal are produced by Mozambique's informal sector (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    The informal economy and sustainable development

    The informal economy – broadly defined as economic activity that is not subject to government regulation or taxation – sustains a large part of the world's workforce. It is a diverse, complex and growing area of activity

    20 January 2016 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Natural resource management
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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)

    A day of sharing ASM 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 artisanal and small-scale mining

    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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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 | Natural resource management
  • 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
  • Small-scale miners dry ores in the process of gold mining in Geita, Tanzania (Photo: John Louis/Investing In Gold, Creative Commons)

    Dialogues for a sustainable and productive artisanal and small-scale mining sector

    IIED's dialogue programme for the artisanal and small-scale mining sector allows stakeholders to collaborate to empower miners, improve governance and deliver a more secure working environment

    24 January 2014 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • 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
  • Traders take matooke to market

    Resilient Dynamism? An informal word with leaders meeting in Davos

    Political and business leaders gathering in Davos will discuss ‘resilient dynamism’, but their distrust of informal economies is a missed opportunity.

    22 January 2013 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • A smiling woman from Kenya sits beside her sewing machine.

    Linking Worlds: linking ‘small-scale’ producers into large and formal markets

    Small-scale producers and low-income consumers often struggle to participate in formal markets. IIED works to identify how organisations and networks can help overcome this by looking at successful innovations in the systems that link small-scale with large-scale markets and enterprises

    15 January 2013 | Article | 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
  • Fairtrade – the gold standard?

    Now that Fairtrade has proved its resilience to recession is it time to make it the gold standard for all ethical produce and move beyond its origins in agriculture? Is the certification scheme that circumvents traditional market and pricing dynamics ready for new challenges in new markets? If so, what will those challenges look like?

    11 August 2010 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • 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
  • MMSD – draft materials

    Draft material documents from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) project

    4 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • MMSD – Assurance Group and project information

    Assurance Group documents and project information from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) project.

    4 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • MMSD – workshops, meetings and presentations

    Workshops, meetings and presentations from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) project.

    4 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • MMSD – bulletins

    Bulletins from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) project.

    4 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • MMSD – working papers

    Working papers from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) project

    4 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • MMSD – regional reports

    Regional reports from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) project.

    3 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • MMSD – further reports

    Presenting the project history and further reports of the IIED/WBCSD project Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) – the most ambitious study yet undertaken on the role of minerals in sustainable development

    3 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • MMSD – final report

    Presenting the principal conclusions of the IIED/WBCSD project Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) – the most ambitious study yet undertaken on the role of minerals in sustainable development. Drawing on the project's two-year process of consultation and research, Breaking New Ground describes the minerals sector and its relationship with concepts of sustainable development, and offers an agenda for change for immediate and future actions.

    3 March 2009 | Article | Sustainable markets
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