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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…


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…


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.…


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…


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…


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 …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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

Register: The biggest 'private sector': what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?

IIED and partners are hosting a conference in London this month that is designed to help build a new policy agenda to integrate the informal economy with inclusive green growth and sustainable development.

The event includes a 'Recognition as a first step' session on artisanal and small-scale mining with Gavin Hilson, of University of Surrey. Register your interest in attending the event by emailing informality@iied.org.

The artisanal mining session will feature insights from…


Added by IIED on February 3, 2016 at 13:42 — No Comments

Hiring: Senior researcher (artisanal and small-scale mining)

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is seeking a highly skilled individual to lead its work in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).

IIED's ASM work includes both research and a global programme of in-country dialogues on ASM. Research on ASM has looked to bring new evidence to an outdated discourse and frame ASM more squarely…


Added by IIED on January 11, 2016 at 11:44 — No Comments

Wanted: research partner to examine the emerging artisanal copper value chain and the role of Chinese businesses in Tanzania

In January 2015, IIED and CIFOR started the research project “Africa China Informal Resources Trade” exploring the role of Chinese actors and/or markets in Africa’s informal natural resources extraction and production. The project addresses two key development challenges and opportunities concerning Africa’s natural resource governance today: the growth of the informal commodity trade and engagement with China.

The project aims to: “identify opportunities and challenges for poverty…


Added by IIED on September 9, 2015 at 18:38 — No Comments

Sharing knowledge and expertise: what we learned on #shareASM day

On 25 June, 2015, IIED invited stakeholders involved in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to share their work in this sector, using their own and IIED's online channels. 

Dozens of individuals and organisations responded, and their work and views were highlighted to tens of thousands of people across the world.


A summary of the day's #shareASM activities is available on…


Added by IIED on June 30, 2015 at 10:10 — No Comments

IIED to host international ASM day

IIED will host a day dedicated to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on Thursday, 25 June, using online networks to connect mining communities across the globe.

As part of IIED's ASM Knowledge programme, we are providing a neutral space for key stakeholders, including artisanal and small-scale miners themselves, to identify solutions and develop a shared vision for a more inclusive, sustainable and…


Added by IIED on June 19, 2015 at 18:38 — No Comments

Gold mining: the search for common ground

Within any gold mining district you will find a wide range of people. 

At a glance, they may appear very different — they use different tools, work in different conditions, and operate within different confines of the law. If you trust the headlines, you might believe that their differences define them and that their story is one of conflict, pollution and exploitation. 

But read between the lines and you will find…


Added by IIED on June 18, 2015 at 16:22 — No Comments


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