Investigating approaches to working with artisanal and small-scale miners: A review of best practice and progress reports from the field

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Published by: IM4DC

This report documents approaches to working with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. ASM is an important economic activity and livelihood strategy in many developing countries. However, it is associated with many negative social, environmental and health impacts and presents specific challenges in terms of sustainable development. Personnel working for government, civil society and universities in developing countries who have undertaken capacity-building programmes in Australia through the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) have frequently raised the issue of ASM and requested further training in this area. This report assists in improving IM4DC’s capability to provide capacity building focused on ASM by building its understanding of the varied issues associated with ASM and the key strategies used by various actors to deal with them.