Dialogue in Tanzania and Madagascar, ASM team participation at international discussions, voices of miners in Ghana and more...
IIED drylands newsletter
The IIED Artisanal and small-scale mining newsletter is sent out quarterly. Updates from the team focus on our work in Ghana, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
Dear friends, 

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2017. We hope you'll take a moment to read about what the IIED artisanal and small-scale mining team have been up to over the past few months, and get a preview of activities to come this year. 

We'd also like to invite you to join us for the second #ShareASM tweet up, which is planned for 1 February 2017. You can find a round-up of what was discussed at the previous #ShareASM discussion at IIED's Storify. And if you don't already follow IIED on Twitter, please do so at https://twitter.com/IIED

The ASM team

News stories

Photo from Tanzania dialogue event

‘The time is right’ for dialogue in Tanzania 


Representatives from government, ASM operators, women’s groups, large companies and civil society organisations agreed that the ‘time is right’ for a dialogue based on evidence and focused on solutions. There was consensus that ASM needs to be recognised as a key part of the country’s mining sector, with great potential to spur local economic development, particularly as part of the country’s second national Five Year Development Plan. 
Photo from Madagascar dialogue event

Towards better ASM governance in Madagascar


Madagascar’s ASM sector accounts for about one million jobs and the livelihoods of an additional 2.5 million Malagasy people. Income from ASM complements what many rural communities earn from agricultural activities.

IIED is supporting GIZ Madagascar's environmental programme who, together with the country’s government and other stakeholders, are working towards improved governance in the country’s ASM sector. The dialogue process started in 2015 and is now active in the country’s southern region of Atsimo-Andrefana and in DIANA, a region in the north of the island nation. Local working groups, comprising government, ASM and civil society representatives, have developed ‘action plans’ for better ASM governance, which were shared with the national government and other stakeholders in October 2016 in Antananarivo. More updates will follow soon.
Photo of artisanal and small-scale miners in Madagascar

Talking sustainable development in the troubled world of ASM


In a recent IIED blog, Fitsum Weldegiorgis explores how ASM can make a positive contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Photo of Toni Aubynn at the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining’s annual meeting

IIED at the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining’s annual meeting


Toni Aubynn, chief executive of Ghana’s Minerals Commission, shared with fellow government officials how the Ghanaian ASM dialogue is helping build a more sustainable and productive ASM sector in that country.
 
Picture of laptop with Twitter on screen

IIED at Mining Indaba and AMI 2017


IIED will be participating in the Investing in African Mining Indaba as well as the 8th Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) conferences in Cape Town, 6-9 February. Join us on Twitter for updates throughout both events, and for #ShareASM on 1 February ahead of the big event.
Still images from videos of Ghanaian miners speaking

New voices: Ghanaian miners, students and civil society representatives talk about ASM

In early 2016, a dialogue in Ghana presented an opportunity to bring stakeholders together and find solutions to realise the potential of small-scale mining.

Organised with local NGO Friends of the Nation (FON) Ghana, more than 50 representatives from Ghanaian government, civil society, academia, and industry visited small-scale mine sites and participated in discussions at a workshop. They shared their thoughts about the event and what they had learned about the ASM sector during the four days of the dialogue. 
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