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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 mine to help operators rehabilitate land after exploitation, his words carried a special weight.

In a country where small-scale mining is synonymous with environmental degradation, workers' exploitation and unsafe practices, it may not be surprising to hear that good work goes largely unacknowledged. But this failure to acknowledge good practices extends to most countries where the sector is an important economic activity. 

Could this failure to promote good practice be depriving artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) and communities from advancing? 

Informality, disagreement and low levels of trust abound in the ASM sector. At IIED, we believe that one of the antidotes to this troubling situation is effective communications.

Read more about the lessons learned from communicating work in Ghana, Tanzania and Mada...

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Comment by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 24, 2017 at 8:49

Helpful tips, thanks for sharing

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