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New report exposes how known traders and exporters are circumventing legal channels and pocketing massive profits from smuggled artisanal DRC gold.
Ruth Crowell, CEO, LBMA English
83% of the world’s mining workforce relies on Artisanal and Small Scale mines for their livelihood. That comes to roughly 40.5 million people. These people were vulnerable before COVID-19 and even more so now. As gold prices rise, so does exploitation and violence for these miners.
Pulling at golden webs: Combating criminal consortia in the African artisanal and small-scale gold mining and trade sector
Marcena Hunter English
This report seeks to unpack how criminal consortia manipulate ASGM and associated gold flows to secure illicit rents and capture the sector. The findings highlight the need for nuance, especially regarding the role of informal and traditional actors in the sector. Through a more holistic understanding of the challenge, policymakers will better be able to identify and combat criminal consortia in ASGM.
Epidemics, Conflict, and Gold: What We Can Learn From DRC’s Ebola Outbreak As We Respond to COVID-19
Kady Seguin, and Alan Martin, Sechaba English
IMPACT examined data from the last three years from their work in Ituri’s Mambasa Territory, including the Just Gold project and Women of Peace, funded by Global Affairs Canada and the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs respectively. While their findings are preliminary, they provide an idea of the impact of Ebola in the region, and they could prove useful in responding to COVID-19.
Adam Rolfe and Angela Jorns English
Response planning must understand the needs of intended beneficiaries to ensure relevant and effective programming now and in the future.
In most countries, women do not enjoy the same opportunities around access to, control over, and benefits from artisanal mining in their communities.
Selina Zhuwarara English
Artisanal mining should not be shunned or left to collapse post COVID-19 because the sector has a direct impact on the livelihoods of many vulnerable urban and peri-urban communities.
Artisanal Gold Communities as Prime COVID-19 Intervention Targets: Supply Chain Reform, Health In Gold Out
Shawn Blore, Marieke Kroll, Kevin Telmer English
In this paper, the AGC announces its three signal interventions for dealing with the crisis in ASGM communities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic:
(i) Supply Chain Reform Project – a project to restart and reform artisanal gold supply chains;
(ii) Health In Gold Out – a project to deliver health assistance via this gold stakeholder network; and
(iii) Artisanal Gold Prices Database – a project to monitor these interventions via a worldwide database of artisanal gold prices.
By combining their expertise in the areas of preventing child labor, improving working conditions and providing a clear path to market, Fairphone aims to work with ASM in Uganda to establish a sustainable, traceable gold supply chain that creates a better future for miners and their families.