sharing in governance of extractive industries
"Lack of technical capacity", "Low technical skills", "Highly labour intensive", "Poverty driven", "Little or no geological information", "Strained or lack of financial resources". These are some of the phrases commonly articulated with reference to the artisanal and small scale mining sector in Africa. While based in fact, little has been done outside the traditional Aid / Donor Driven world to change this. Artisanal and Small Scale mining is an income generating activity that engages a significant portion of populations living in rural , marginalised and increasingly arid regions. The socio-economic impacts of asm mining of gold, coloured gemstones, diamonds and other industrial minerals are positively vast especially with the right attitude and support from government, civil society but most importantly business.
Initiatives such as this in Tanzania fill me with a rush of adrenaline and increase my expectancy and certainity for the change coming to the sector.
"Dr Patrick Ng'ong'o visited on 20/April/2015. His visit aimed at exposing his work to Tanzania Artisan and Small Scale Miners (ASM) to see possible avenues of working with them especially in geological survey that gives a report on regional exploration and quantity of mineral endowment of an area. The two reports are beneficial to ASM for investment and financial assistance."
Africans empowering Africa to grow through knowledge based activities and a responsible mining focus. Hongera Haki Madini!
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