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  • Abdoul Salam Sawadogo
    Voices
    1 December 2022

    Sawadogo’s lifelong mining experience helps guide a Burkinabe community to success

    For 35 years, Abdoul Salam Sawadogo has worked in Burkina Faso's artisanal and small-scale mining sector, beginning with the difficult work of digging underground extraction shafts. He is now second in charge of the management committee at planetGOLD Burkina Faso’s project site and is championing the project's activities to advance more responsible, mercury-free mining practices.

  • Zourata Nacanabo
    Voices
    31 May 2022

    From Sluice Box Owner to Shaft Owner

    The planetGOLD Burkina Faso project is actively working to improve access to finance for both the men and women at its mine site. For the women, this also means accompanying them on their journey from employees to independent entrepreneurs. In this story meet Zourata Nacanabo, who made the move from artisanal miner to shaft owner and is championing the inclusion of women in the project's activities to improve health and livelihoods.

  • Group photo of government stakeholders and planetGOLD Burkina Faso team from the first workshop
    Voices
    29 July 2021

    Is ASGM legal in Burkina Faso? Workshops provide clarity and recommendations for the country’s legal framework

    As part of the planetGOLD Burkina Faso project’s efforts to assist in the formalization of the country's artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector, the team analyzed current legislation, identified key areas for potential policy revision and potential for improved application, and held two workshops to capacitate key stakeholders on how to implement the proposed recommendations.

  • Participants holding their certificates after completing the workshop
    Voices
    26 July 2021

    Workshop equips artisanal gold miners in Burkina Faso with the skills needed to approach financial institutions

    The planetGOLD Burkina Faso project focuses on assisting artisanal gold miners with obtaining access to formal finance so they have the means to improve their operations. Recently, the project held the first Access to Finance workshop of its kind for the benefit of mining communities marginalized by traditional financial systems such as banks and microfinance institutions.

  • Burkina Faso women at mine site
    Voices
    15 October 2020

    Challenges and Opportunities for Women at Artisanal Gold Mining Sites in Burkina Faso

    On recent visits to artisanal mine sites in Burkina Faso, men welcomed the installation of proposed mercury-free treatment unit, but the women miners expressed concerns that the unit would perform all operations of ore processing, eliminating the need for their labour and that if they then lost access to tailings that contain gold this would obliterate their only source of income. Learn how the planetGOLD Burkina Faso project plan to address these concerns and mitigate any adverse gender impacts.

  • planetGOLD Burkina Faso team members sensitizing miners in Dano on gold production without mercury
    Voices
    24 September 2020

    Introducing Clean and Efficient Mercury Free Gold Processing to South West Burkina Faso

    The planetGOLD Burkina Faso project team and their partners recently visited four mining sites located across the country's South Western and Cascades regions with the end goal of selecting the best suited mining site to introduce the pilot mercury free gold processing system.

  • Gold Buyer, Burkina Faso Photo: Kevin Telmer, AGC
    Voices
    13 May 2020

    Burkina Faso gold prices inch back towards pre-COVID levels

    Artisanal gold prices in Burkina Faso are slowly moving back toward levels seen prior to COVID-19, according to the latest update from staff working on the planetGOLD project in the country. They also report that the prices of consumer products are stable and have returned to the same level as before COVID-19.

  • ASGM miners in Burkina Faso
    Voices
    14 April 2020

    Burkina Faso – Quarantines and Gold Prices Down 20%

    Authorities in Burkina Faso have implemented sweeping lockdown and quarantine measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures – along with the many international lockdowns now in place – have slowed or halted artisanal gold exploitation and significantly reduced the price artisanal miners receive for their gold. Read more in this update from Artisanal Gold Council staff, including team members working on the planetGOLD project in Burkina Faso.

  • Mercury free gold in Burkina Faso - UNIDO
    News
    12 September 2019

    Ameliorer la formalisation et la traçabilité de l'or artisanal au Burkina Faso

    L'Organisation des Nations Unies pour le développement industriel (ONUDI) va mettre en oeuvre un projet pour éliminer le mercure et améliorer la chaine d’approvisionnement dans le secteur artisanal d’exploitation minière et à petite échelle de l’or au Burkina Faso.