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Karen Hayes

vice president
khayes@pactworld.org

Cristina Villegas

82,000+

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 12 countries, 10 of which are in Africa.

Read more about Pact’s mining work in ColombiaDRCEthiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, RwandaTanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

 

Stories and Highlights

In her own words: A former child miner in DRC makes a new start

May 22, 2019
Since 2003, Pact has worked to improve the lives of artisanal and small-scale miners through its Mines to Markets program. This includes efforts to end child labor in mining, from Colombia to the...

World Bank and Pact launch first ‘state of the sector’ report for artisanal and small-scale mining

April 24, 2019
Over 40 million people globally work in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) 10 million people living in 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are directly engaged in ASM Accurate, reliable data on...

Reducing mercury’s risks among women miners in Zimbabwe

March 28, 2019
Women in Zimbabwe are slowly joining the mining sector, as it is among the best paying jobs where options are few. Pact provides training and education to women miners in Midlands and Matabeleland...

Responsible sourcing: Facing the challenge of artisanal and small-scale mining

November 15, 2018
Much of world's cobalt is dug by hand in the Democratic Republic of Congo by artisanal and small-scale miners. Pact works to make artisanal and small-scale mining safer, non-exploitative, formalized...
AZWIM members showcasing their jewelry made from Development Minerals at ASM18.

ASM18: Placing the voices and visions of women artisanal miners at the heart of policy discussions

September 19, 2018
Set against the backdrop of the Victoria Falls, the voices and visions of small-scale miners were placed center-stage at the ASM18 conference in Livingstone, Zambia.

Pact's new documentary film reveals progress in the fight against child labor in Democratic Republic of the Congo

June 12, 2018
On June 12, World Day Against Child Labor, Pact, an international development organization, debuted its first short documentary film revealing on-the-ground evidence of progress in the fight against...

Children Out of Mining

June 11, 2018
Since 2003, Pact has used its integrated approach to development to target the complex root causes of child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining. Spanning continents and minerals – including tin...

To stem child labor in mining, a village in Colombia turns to systemic solutions – and fish

June 6, 2018
In the backyard of her aquamarine-colored house, Lizeth Mendoza carefully unwraps fish for the day's lunch. She cleans them and takes them to the kitchen. When her children get home to study, she’ll...

Responsible tin offers better business than gold

October 23, 2017
Shabunda is the second largest territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province. With a reputation for its rich mineral deposits, the area is also locally believed to possess...

Pact expands fight against worst form of child labor in Africa

October 11, 2017
This week, Pact announced new activities to combat child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through support from Google. Under the expansion, Pact will grow its work in tin...