Mining

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Contacts

Cristina Villegas

director, mines to markets
cvillegas@pactworld.org

Sewing apprentices take part in a Pact program that is reducing child labor in mining in DRC by helping older children find alternative means of income. (Photo: Pact)

Combating modern slavery in artisanal cobalt mining is vital to achieving the Paris Agreement targets

October 19, 2020
Coinciding with Anti-Slavery Day on October 18, last week the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) released its review of UK aid spending to tackle modern slavery in developing countries...
Artisanal miners at work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: Pact)

Communities affected by Covid-19 receive support from expanded Pact, Trafigura, Chemaf program in DRC

October 12, 2020
The lives and livelihoods of artisanal and small-scale miners were precarious even before the Covid-19 pandemic. About 42 million people around the world work in artisanal and small-scale mining, or...
Women panning gold in Sierra Leone.

Harnessing artisanal and small-scale mining to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

September 14, 2020
It makes intuitive sense that artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) – low-tech, labor-intensive mineral processing and extraction – cuts across the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
Artisanally mined bricks for construction in Rwanda

Neglected artisanal miners are proven critical for the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

September 9, 2020
Even in its informal state, ASM makes positive contributions to almost all of the SDGs, but also has negative impacts on most of them.  Depending on the way it is approached, formalization can help...

ITSCI: A decade of success

September 1, 2020
Pact is proud to be the lead on-the-ground implementer of the ITSCI system. This article was originally published in the July 2020 issue of the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center Bulletin,...

Mining Review Africa podcast: Women in mining

August 3, 2020
Pact's Stephanie Shumsky discusses women in mining and Pact's Mines to Markets program, which improves the lives of small-scale miners around the globe.
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...

Update on Mutoshi Pilot Project

June 22, 2020
In response to the threat of Covid-19 and with a view to safeguarding the health of workers onsite and their surrounding communities, operations at the Mutoshi Pilot Project were suspended in March...

Photo story: Stitching a brighter future

June 12, 2020
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pact and its partners are finding sustainable solutions to stop child labor in mining, including for Laetitia Kawanga.
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...

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