IIED’s work on artisanal and small-scale mining

Published: 05/07/2015

We are pleased to be able to share the latest work on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Through a series of multi-stakeholder policy dialogues we are creating a space to share, scope and tackle the complex challenges within the sector – a sector which supports the livelihoods of 20-30 million people globally yet remains in the margins of international and national development agendas. We are providing a neutral space for key stakeholders, including artisanal and small-scale miners themselves, to identify solutions and develop a shared vision for a more inclusive, sustainable and productive mining sector.

Grounded in local knowledge

All of this work will be grounded in local knowledge. We travelled to Geita District, northwest Tanzania to better understand and talk to the wide range of people who depend on gold mining and we are pleased to be able to share the human story of gold mining with you, in our photo story, Gold mining, the search for common ground.

Picturing the ASM space

And through a ‘visioning workshop’ earlier this year, bringing together key stakeholders and global voices, we have been able to start to picture the ASM space.   To better understand this landscape we have also generated a new illustration which maps  how these stakeholders depend and link to one another.  The graphic is based on literature reviews, interviews with key actors in the mining sector and our experience and now we want to hear from you, so please take a look and share your ASM challenges and work with us with us by commenting here.

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We would also  love you to share your work on ASM with us, from research and publications to blogs and videos – we are keen to connect with organisations and individuals working in this space.  Please email Abbi Buxton (Abbi.Buxton@iied.org) and Matthew McKernan (Matthew.McKernan@iied.org).

Kate Wilson
Publications and marketing manager
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
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