In 2023, UN Women introduced the Women's Empowerment Principles' Gender-Responsive Procurement Assessment Tool. This tool was designed to help companies gauge their progress on GRP policies and practices. To test this Tool, UN Women partnered with the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 to launch a pilot programme that evaluates gender-responsive procurement in the jewellery industry. This report shares the results of that pilot programme.
USAID; Global Communities; and Levin Sources
USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold ) Project conducted 100+ factfinding discussions with jewelers, refiners and others active in the ASGM sector to better understand their barriers and requirements. Through this engagement, the Project identified key areas where misconception is common.
Can blockchain be a substitute for trust relationships to support responsible sourcing from artisanal miners? The main obstacle for using blockchain is to create a link between the physical world (the traded gold) and the digital (the blockchain). While blockchain could contribute to a more transparent gold supply chain, it has a limited ability to ensure responsible sourcing from artisanal miners.
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.