ASM Action Dialogue

Source HakiMadini.

HakiMadini and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) conducted dialogue on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) took place in Geita, Tanzania, in November 2017. The four-day event brought together around 90 participants, including miners, government officials and representatives from large mining companies and civil society organisations.

Participants agreed to concentrate on solutions and good practices that demonstrate how ASM can be an engine for sustainable development in Tanzania. 

Their reflections started at the mines. Participants spent two days visiting four small-scale mines in Geita, one of Tanzania's main gold-producing regions. They spoke with miners and communities, and saw at first hand the types of changes needed in the sector. Six 'solution pillars' were identified, which were:

-Formalisation
-Access to finance
-Access to data, technology and equipment
-Access to markets
-Strengthening ASM businesses, and
-Empowering women in ASM.

Participants set out immediate actions for each of the six pillars. These were organised as changes needed to policy and regulation; knowledge and research gaps; communication and engagement needs; and capacity and resources needed.

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