The planetGOLD Knowledge Repository
Marcena Hunter English
This study examines illicit financial flows (IFF) associated with the ASGM sector in Ghana and Liberia and reveals a complex web of informal and illicit activity associated with IFFs, with detrimental consequences for development. It focuses on gold because of its prominence in the West African Region and artisanal small-scale mining (ASM), rather than large-scale mining (LSM).
Global Communities Partners for Good English
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” is a five-year project, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project is designed to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly sourced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe. This learning brief is designed to deepen understanding of the logistical barriers and incentives when transporting, storing, and preparing to export gold from eastern DRC.
After seven years of success in Colombia, the Somos Tesoro project celebrated its conclusion with a webinar to present its work mobilizing diverse stakeholders in formalizing mining activities and stopping child labor. This webinar features the voices of artisanal mining communities, companies and national authorities who have participated in the project.
Alec Crawford, Olivia Lyster, Adam Rolfe English
This brief outlines some of the main challenges to ASM sector support and regulation in the context of the global pandemic and points tentatively to how governments can move forward with effective ASM sector management in the coming months.
Olivia Lyster English
Women play a critical role in the ASM sector. Women were estimated in 2003 to make up 30% of the ASM workforce globally. Today it may be much higher – estimates from some countries reach 50% on average, and higher in some mineral categories (e.g. salt mining in Uganda). Despite this, women experience a number of gendered barriers to full participation in ASM.
Economic reactivation in the context of Covid 19, sustainable development, and artisanal and small scale mining
Cristian Darío Castro Urrego, Head of Governance for ARM English
In general, reactivation plans in the context of Covid 19 should make State investments flow, along with those from big companies, international cooperation and philanthropy to put resources into the pockets of several economic actors (small companies, cooperatives, associations, ASM organizations, women organizations, community organizations, vulnerable families, among others). This should take place with a strategic approach of design and implementation of local projects, subsidies and microcredits to activate the economies of the countries, especially in marginal urban zones and rural zones where there is ASM activity.
With support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Just Gold project has conducted two environmental field assessments and developed steps to implement recommendations on environmental management techniques and technical assistance to reduce mercury use in gold mining.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) English
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has joined a call to action urging the gold and jewellery industry to include Artisanal Scale Mining (ASM) in their sourcing policies and practices.
Olivia Lyster and Josephine Singo English
This blog contributes to this ongoing discussion by providing insights on the gendered impacts of the pandemic on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities. They draw on our recent data collection in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Uganda and the DRC as part of the Delve COVID-19 Impact Reporting initiative.
Victoria Gronwald and Josephine Singo English
Levin Sources launched a research effort into the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on ASM communities in Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the DRC, as part of a global data collection exercise on the impacts of COVID-19 in ASM communities. This blog highlights 4 of their key findings from Uganda.