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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 A mix of progressive and outdated measures, the code must pass parliamentary review before entering into law.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.

Despite lengthy preparations, many were surprised when Mali's new mining law passed by ordinance in August. The next stage is parliamentary review, where we expect additional revisions before a final version is agreed. This creates an…

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Added by IIED on October 10, 2019 at 10:33 — No Comments

Seminar: Mining local procurement – a necessary lever to overcome the resource curse

The creation of a global standard on local procurement reporting for mining companies will be discussed in the latest IIED seminar on 10 June, featuring Jeff Geipel, founder and managing director of Mining Shared Value.

Most mine sites spend more money on procurement of goods and services than they do on on taxes, employees and community investment combined. Mining has massive potential benefit for economic and social development in host countries. But civil society and…

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Added by IIED on June 4, 2019 at 12:24 — No Comments

Can large and small-scale miners forge linkages in the era of resource nationalism?

A new paper looks at the opportunities for interactions between large, medium, artisanal and small-scale #mining in Tanzania --> https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0301420718307189

Highlights:

  • A gradual shift in Tanzanian policies towards facilitating ASM can be observed
  • From an ASM perspective the development is ambiguous as implementation…
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Added by IIED on May 22, 2019 at 22:11 — No Comments

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.

Diamond mining is not without controversy. High-profile campaigns in the late 1990s and noughties coined the phrase ‘blood diamonds’…

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Added by IIED on December 6, 2018 at 18:07 — No Comments

The new face of informality in the Tanzanian mineral economy

Transforming artisanal mining through foreign investment?

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) has long been a mainstay of Tanzania’s rural economy, contributing to the livelihoods of more than three million Tanzanians. ASM is nonetheless yet to realise its full development potential, with the sub-sector continuing to be beset by social, environmental and economic…

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Added by IIED on March 23, 2018 at 22:27 — No Comments

Wanted: ASM consultant in Tanzania

The International Institute for Environment and Development is seeking a consultant to coordinate the work of the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Learning and Leadership Group in Tanzania.

In November 2017, IIED, in collaboration with Tanzanian partners HakiMadini and MTL Consulting, successfully conducted a…

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Added by IIED on March 13, 2018 at 11:16 — No Comments

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.

IIED is inviting ASM workers, researchers and other stakeholders around the world to collaborate online on 15 March, using the hashtag #shareASM.

The aim is to provide an…

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Added by IIED on March 12, 2018 at 13:45 — No Comments

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

"We want to be appreciated for what we are doing," were the first words that a Ghanaian adviser to small-scale gold mines said to me in a recent interview. Coming from someone who travels from small mine to small…

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Added by IIED on October 22, 2017 at 18:53 — 1 Comment

LONGREAD: Sapphire mines become forests

Sapphires from the island of Madagascar, ranked among Earth's top ten most ecologically diverse countries, wow the world's top traders and jewellers. The nation supplies roughly 40 per cent of all the world's sapphires – yet artisanal sapphire mining harms both this rich biodiversity and the wider environment.

Despite its environmental and mineral riches, Madagascar remains among the world's poorest countries. Seventy-five per cent of Madagascans live below the poverty…

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Added by IIED on October 18, 2017 at 13:53 — 3 Comments

"Women are less paid in the ASM sector"

So said Francis Opoku, of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) at a thematic dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) held in Accra last month.

IIED's work on small and large-scale mining in Ghana, Tanzania and Madagascar supports multi-stakeholder dialogue, promotes local voices and explores innovations that help deliver more inclusive and accountable mining sector.…

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Added by IIED on September 30, 2017 at 21:16 — No Comments

LONG READ: The golden practices that defy gloom

From pollution and exploitation to spoiled landscapes, artisanal and small-scale mining ASM in Ghana is mostly known for its faults. But against this backdrop of neglect and degradation, pockets of responsible practice, from land restoration to sustainable water management, quietly exist.

Ghana's ASM sector accounts for 35 per cent of the country's gold production. ASM mining employs an estimated one million people, and supports approximately 4.5 million more in the West…

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Added by IIED on September 12, 2017 at 12:06 — No Comments

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

GIZ Madagascar is running a dialogue process to improve governance in the country's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Guest contributor Andry Rabemanantsoa gives a pictorial tour of their work to date.

The conservation and sustainable use of natural resources programme (Programme d'Appui à la Gestion de l'Environnement, PAGE) of…

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Added by IIED on April 4, 2017 at 17:26 — No Comments

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.

The Investing in African Mining…

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Added by IIED on March 17, 2017 at 16:09 — No Comments

IIED's January newsletter on artisanal and small-scale mining

The January artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) newsletter was issued by the International Institute for Environment and Development on Monday, focusing on dialogue in Tanzania and Madagascar, team participation at international discussions, and hearing the voices of miners in Ghana.

The IIED Artisanal and small-scale mining newsletter…

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Added by IIED on January 23, 2017 at 14:21 — No Comments

2nd online artisanal and small-scale mining day

The International Institute for Environment and Development will host a "digital day" dedicated to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on 1 February, 2017, using online networks to connect mining stakeholders across the globe.

IIED is inviting ASM workers, researchers and other stakeholders around the world to collaborate online on 1 February, using the…

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Added by IIED on January 19, 2017 at 17:38 — No Comments

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.

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is often seen as an unwelcome activity that degrades the environment, and has a negative impact on…

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Added by IIED on October 25, 2016 at 10:18 — 2 Comments

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...

IIED's first local artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) dialogue brought together more than 50 representatives from government, civil society, academia, and industry for a four-day workshop. It was a chance to experience the realities of small-scale mining, share perspectives, and work together to address some of the…

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Added by IIED on September 19, 2016 at 14:36 — 1 Comment

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Ghana. Evidence to inform an Action Dialogue

Ghana’s artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector continues to grow in size and significance. Its contribution to wealth creation, employment and the economy make it one of the nation’s most important livelihood activities, directly employing an estimated one million people and supporting approximately 4.5 million more. Yet the majority of miners in Ghana operate informally, without the security of a licence.

Formalising Ghana’s ASM sector is therefore a significant, timely and…

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Added by IIED on September 13, 2016 at 10:26 — No Comments

In pictures: a dialogue for action on mining in Ghana

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) makes an important contribution to Ghana's economy. But how can the sector address its many problems? A new photo gallery documents the lively conversations about a future for Ghanaian ASM at an "action dialogue" organised by IIED and partners earlier this year.…

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Added by IIED on September 6, 2016 at 14:32 — No Comments

New handbook: Foreign investment, law and sustainable development (extractive industries)

As foreign investments in agriculture and extractive industries increase pressures on land and natural resources, the effective use of legal tools, by government and advocates alike, has become an important ingredient of public efforts to ensure that foreign investment contributes to sustainable development.

This handbook is about how to use law…

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Added by IIED on February 29, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

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