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Karen Hayes

vice president, mines to markets
khayes@pactworld.org

Cristina Villegas

director, mines to markets
cvillegas@pactworld.org

165,000

small-scale miners whose lives we improved last year

Mining provides a livelihood for millions of men and women around the world, many of whom have few other options for supporting their families. Pact’s Mines to Markets program, or M2M, uses an integrated, holistic approach to help resource-dependent communities improve their lives. We bring together government, industry and miners themselves to make artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) formal, safer and more productive. Pact’s efforts are helping to reveal and make the most of ASM’s contributions to development.

Specializing in areas including health and safety in mining, human rights, traceability and transparency, economic empowerment among miners, mercury abatement, child labor reduction, mineral certification and ethical sourcing, we help communities gain lasting benefit from natural resources by using them more sustainably. We also improve governance in the countries where we work, strengthening local, regional and national institutions.

Our M2M program currently operates in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

 

Stories and Highlights

An artisanal miner works in Zimbabwe. (Photo: Maggie Dougherty/Pact)

As Covid-19 underscores the vulnerability of artisanal miners, Pact and partners gather data for solutions

June 26, 2020
There is no question that Covid-19 is taking a significant economic toll across the developing world. The pandemic is now expected to push 71 million additional people into extreme poverty (those...
Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pact joins call for immediate action for artisanal mining communities during Covid-19 crisis

May 15, 2020
This week, Pact joined more than 70 civil society organizations and community-based associations in calling for immediate and concerted action from governments, financing institutions, international...
Chemaf reviews information about Mutoshi with visitors to the site.

World Day for Health & Safety at Work: How conditions are steadily improving for miners, including at one DRC cobalt site

April 27, 2020
Mining provides a livelihood for millions of men and women around the world, many of whom have few other options for supporting their families. Pact’s Mines to Markets program uses an integrated,...

How can you promote gender equality in Rwanda's mining sector?

March 24, 2020
Pact's Rwanda office hosted a panel discussion and networking lunch for International Women’s Day 2020 to celebrate women's achievements in the country’s mining sector while also exploring how...

Strong alliances, strengthened communities: A well-built international partnership makes a difference for miners

November 22, 2019
There was a time when Benjamín, an artisanal miner from Boyacá, Colombia, worried each day as he left for work that he might never see his family again. As a miner, he told us, your work is so...

Meet your miner: Asha

October 24, 2019
Co-designed with miners, Moyo Gems is an ethical gemstone program being piloted in Tanzania’s gemstone-rich Umba Valley. With the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA) and Moyo partners ANZA...

Meet your miner: Fatuma

October 23, 2019
Co-designed with miners, Moyo Gems is an ethical gemstone program being piloted in Tanzania’s gemstone-rich Umba Valley. With the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA) and Moyo partners ANZA...

Meet your miner: Prisca

October 23, 2019
Co-designed with miners, Moyo Gems is an ethical gemstone program being piloted in Tanzania’s gemstone-rich Umba Valley. With the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA) and Moyo partners ANZA...

Somos Tesoro in Colombia: We are Treasure

June 12, 2019
In Colombia, Pact's Somos Tesoro project is working to end child labor in gold and coal mining and improve health and safety conditions. Somos Tesoro means "We are Treasure." Because children are...

With women miners, Pact & partners build an ethical gemstone supply chain from the ground up

June 5, 2019
When the Gemological Institute of America approached Pact’s Cristina Villegas in 2016 about piloting a rough gemstone guide for miners, Villegas immediately knew where to start. As director of Pact’s...