IIED publishes latest newsletter on artisanal and small-scale mining

News, 29 October 2017
IIED's latest newsletter on artisanal and small-scale mining reports on recent 'thematic' dialogues in Ghana and Tanzania, and shares stories of miners and communities in Tanzania, Ghana and Madagascar.

The new ASM newsletter, which is published quarterly (Image: IIED)

IIED has published the fourth edition of its artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) newsletter, which provides coverage of our work to facilitate dialogue and collaboration for a fair and accountable mining sector.

Issued ahead of the annual general meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), where IIED organised a session on women in ASM, the newsletter highlights two longreads focusing on Ghana and Tanzania.

In Ghana, small-scale mining is mostly known for its faults. But the in-depth article, which includes video interviews profiling the people working at artisanal and small scale mines across the country, explores where ASM actually gets things right

In Tanzania, meanwhile, the longread highlights how the country's ASM operators, including women artisanal and small-scale miners, are fuelled by determination and the hope to strike it big.

Communicating ASM

The use of longreads is just one way IIED has been communicating issues related to artisanal and small-scale mining, and two photo books have also been produced to tell the stories of communities in Ghana and Tanzania.

Good stories about the ASM sector are not often heard, emphasing the importance of effective communications to help mining communities learn about good practices that are being developed by their peers. In a blog, Gabriela Flores highlights four lessons on communicating ASM stories of change.

Tanzania ASM 'action' dialogue 

From 7-10 November, IIED and Tanzanian partners will host a participatory national ASM 'action' dialogue involving approximately 70 participants in Geita, Tanzania.

This 'action' dialogue will engage multiple stakeholders over four days, starting with two-day field trips followed by a two-day workshop to scope a Tanzanian ASM road map for reform. The meeting will also establish a Learning and Leadership Group to guide the refinement and implementation of the road map.

The dialogue will be informed by previous dialogues in Ghana and Tanzania.

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Fitsum Weldegiorgis (fitsum.weldegiorgis@iied.org), senior researcher, Shaping Sustainable Markets research group

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