The IIED ASM dialogues are not a one-off event. Rather, they are an ongoing process of engaging key players in research and priority setting, developing national ownership of a solutions-focused agenda, and promoting multi-stakeholder collaboration for change in both policy and practice.

Our dialogues begin with participatory, local research to unpick complex agendas and identify solutions that build on participants’ knowledge and reflections.

Pre- dialogue workshops provide a space to identify and discuss challenges in advance of the dialogue, helping to allay participants’ concerns and move towards solutions with shared responsibility and leadership.

At the dialogue itself, all stakeholders participate on an equal footing. The dialogue begins in the field (two days visiting sites), and makes sure the voices of miners — especially women — are heard. This is followed by a two-day workshop where local actors use the research to collaboratively set the agenda.

National multi-stakeholder Learning and Leadership Groups (LLG) are identified and endorsed through the process. These groups are established to build and maintain engagement, collaboration and community empowerment and are key to creating a sustainable, country-led process.

The dialogues pay attention to communications throughout. For example, IIED brings positive ‘stories of change’ from the field to national and global audiences showing the impact of responsible ASM practices.

Thematic dialogues on a range of key topics linked to the results of the dialogue follow the main event. The post-dialogue period lasts for several months and is expected to lead to major process of sector reform.


·       MTL Consulting was appointed as Dialogue Country Researcher, to carry out background finding research that would inform the dialogue. A Research and Evidence Reference Group has been appointed to ensure relevance and quality of the research.

·       Arusha-based HakiMadini was appointed as Dialogue Country Convenor and will lead the organisation of the dialogue, including stakeholder engagement and communications.

·       The ASM dialogue in Tanzania is mainly supported by The Tiffany & Co Foundation, with additional funding from The Ford Foundation, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (IGF) and SWISSAID Tanzania.

About the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

IIED has been a world leader in sustainable development since 1971. Its mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others. As an independent policy and action research organisation, IIED works with partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific to tackle key global issues across four programme areas — climate change, urbanisation, the pressures on natural resources and the forces shaping global markets.

For more information about IIED’s work on ASM, visit  https://www.iied.org/towards-inclusive-responsible-mining. For more information about IIED’s work on ASM in Tanzania, visit www.iied.org/time-right-for-dialogue-about-sustainable-asm-tanzania