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Job Posting: Consultant for gender in mining tool

Mining provides vital commodities for a wide range of products and services and has done so through the centuries. But mining also contributes to many of the challenges that the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are trying to address – environmental degradation, water scarcity, negative impacts on human rights, displacement of populations, worsening economic and social inequality, armed conflicts, gender inequality and gender-based violence, tax evasion and corruption, and…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on August 2, 2018 at 14:45 — No Comments

The Power of Partnership

Partnership and collaboration are often used interchangeably, but they really mean different things. Collaboration is simply working together, while partnership infers a closer, less transactional engagement between the parties—although, in most instances, this relationship is not strictly defined.

It is not just semantics: ever since the …

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Added by IGF Secretariat on June 8, 2018 at 18:01 — No Comments

Fostering Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

This blog was originally published on the Intergovernmental Forum for Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development's (IGF) website. The IGF supports more than 60 nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure that negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. 

Women represent a large percentage of the workforce engaged in artisanal and small-scale mining…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on May 14, 2018 at 18:11 — No Comments

Challenging Cultural Norms in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Crucial to Improving Women’s Economic Empowerment

Women who work in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) face economic, decision-making, legal and institutional exclusions due to cultural norms. This is the finding of a new report from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).

ASM is a complex and diversified sector, ranging from informal individual miners seeking a subsistence livelihood to…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on May 14, 2018 at 18:07 — No Comments

Crowdfunding Mining Exploration in Canada

In an already risky and expensive business, true innovation can be hard to justify, as proven technologies are an easier sell than those requiring a leap of faith. With the mining industry experiencing a decline in productivity over the past decade, adopting innovative approaches is crucial for the sector’s continued success.

However, innovation…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on May 2, 2018 at 17:18 — 1 Comment

How Can Universities and NGOs Support Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining?

A key challenge facing the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector is its gender imbalance. This inequality results in reduced opportunities for women, including a lack of land rights, an inability to access resources, a lack of access to education and a lack of economic empowerment.



Although various policies and initiatives have been…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on April 19, 2018 at 19:39 — No Comments

Submit Comments on Two Draft Toolkits to Help Address Profit Shifting in Mining Sector

The IGF together with the OECD  invite comments on two draft toolkits that will help developing countries address profit shifting from their mining sectors via the undervaluation of mineral exports and excessive interest…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on April 19, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Working Collaboratively for Solutions in Mine Closure

A mining operation which is considered consistent with sustainable development is one whereby planning for closure is present during the entire operation of the mine. With mines having a finite life span, it is important to ensure there is a plan for mine closure and post-mining transition once the economically viable products have been…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on April 12, 2018 at 18:37 — No Comments

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Training: An interview with John Tychsen

PanAfGeo launched an initiative supporting the training of geoscientific staff from African Geological Surveys through the creation of an innovative training program. The training program includes the acquisition and development of crucial professional skills to complement qualifications and technical skills. World-class geoscientific experts from African and European geological surveys carry out the training programs.

IGF…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on March 14, 2018 at 16:14 — No Comments

Why We Should Foster Economic Independence for Women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

There was an estimated 40 million people working in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in 2017, with an additional 150 million individuals across 80 countries dependant on ASM as part of their livelihood strategies.

Women represent a large…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on March 8, 2018 at 16:23 — No Comments

How Clean Innovation Is Benefitting the Mining Sector

Innovation does not come easily to the mining sector.

In an already conservative business, the costs and risks of true innovation can be hard to justify. However, with companies needing to address inefficiencies in their operations to stay competitive, while ensuring they maintain their social license to operate, it is clear that mining needs to get innovative.

IGF recently released a report, …

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Added by IGF Secretariat on March 5, 2018 at 22:05 — No Comments

IGF Releases Innovation in Mining Report

There is a pressing need for innovation in the mining sector, according to a report published Monday by the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).

Innovation in Mining: Report to the 2018 International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) was released at the third annual IMMS, which was held in Toronto on the sidelines of…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on March 5, 2018 at 22:04 — No Comments

IGF Releases its 2017 Annual Report

Today, the IGF releases its 2017 Annual Report, highlighting successes throughout the year and how leveraging mining for sustainable development can limit negative impacts and ensure financial benefits are shared.

The IGF has made tremendous progress since the Government of Canada committed to funding the IGF Secretariat through the International Institute for…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on March 1, 2018 at 19:06 — No Comments

Minerals in the Green Economy: Solar panels and lithium-ion batteries

The growth of solar photovoltaics

To meet ambitious national and international emissions reduction targets like the Paris Agreement, low-carbon technologies are essential. One of the most prominent technologies is solar photovoltaic (PV), which converts sunlight into electricity. Last year, solar PV became the fastest growing source of new energy,…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on February 15, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Six Key Factors for Successful ASM Formalization

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) provides a livelihood for 190 million people worldwide. At the same time, the sector­­which includes informal individual miners seeking a subsistence livelihood as well as small-scale commercial mining entitiesposes challenges for governments in about 80 countries where ASM continues to grow.



The IGF recently launched a joint report entitled …

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Added by IGF Secretariat on January 22, 2018 at 15:34 — 1 Comment

Explosive Growth in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Amid Rising Prices: IGF Study

Rising mineral prices and the struggle to earn a living from agriculture have led to explosive growth in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development.



An estimated 40.5 million people were directly engaged in ASM in 2017, up from 30 million in 2014,…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on January 22, 2018 at 15:32 — No Comments

Financial Modeling of Mining Projects: A Tool for Optimizing the Financial Benefits of the Mining Sector

The financial model of a project is one of the most important documents a mining company will submit as part of a package of documents to get a mining license in most mineral-rich countries. However, this valuable tool seems to be underused by developing country administrations in their interaction with mining companies throughout the life cycle of mines.

What is a financial model of a mining project?

Every industrial mining project has its financial model. It is…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on January 18, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Paradise Lost? Tax avoidance in the headlines, and in the mining sector

The Paradise Papers leak is the latest in a string of offshore scandals to implicate governments, politicians, wealthy elites and multinational corporations in complex and far-reaching schemes to avoid taxes. The revelations come from a collection of 13.4 million financial documents, most of which relate to a law firm in Bermuda named Appleby, which advises companies…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on December 4, 2017 at 16:08 — No Comments

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