Despite considerable ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the planetGOLD programme has nonetheless managed to advance toward its goals of helping small-scale gold miners avoid the use of mercury, as well as contributing to the creation of more sustainable livelihoods and creating a healthier and more profitable sector overall. This report provides an overview of the progress made by the planetGOLD programme from July 2020 through June 2021.
Despite producing an estimated 20% of the world’s annual supply of newly mined gold, the ASGM sector has traditionally had challenges connecting with the formal world gold market. While numerous formal buyers - from refiners to jewelers to premium-offering gold buying schemes - are all eager for gold produced by artisanal and small-scale gold miners, meeting rigorous standards for due diligence standards and responsible sourcing poses a challenge. This study examines the role that can be played by supply chain technologies in facilitating conformity with the planetGOLD Criteria by looking at specific types of supply chain solutions, including due diligence, traceability and block-chain solutions, and analyzing their capacity for establishing and strengthening market links between planetGOLD producers and formal gold market buyers.
IMPACT’s newest report reveals how artisanal gold miners and traders are stuck in a cycle of illegality, without access to formal financial institutions, leaving them dependent on informal and predatory lenders.
This report captures and synthesizes Pact’s findings, focusing on the economic and political drivers that enable—or in some cases incentivize—Zimbabweans to participate in illicit finance across mining, energy, agriculture, transport and health. The report also offers recommendations for how to continue the push for responsive governance in Zimbabwe and beyond.
The Impact Facility outlines key mining equipment profiles, with the intention of helping mining investors and money lending institutions to understand what artisanal miners are seeking financial resources for, the machine profitability and their actual worth in the mining sector.