Ministers, officials and health experts from across Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations met to push forward action to halt the damaging effects of artisanal and small scale gold mining on human health and the environment today (6 November).
Small-scale and artisanal mining is commonly perceived to be a male-dominated industry and there has been little research into the roles of women. In reality, women are a major presence at most mining sites. At this particular site, women participated in a range of activities.
Most artisanal diamond mines operate outside of government regulation and oversight. In some places, artisanal mining is illegal, in others, site operators do not have the proper license or are encroaching on somebody else's claim.
The World Bank in its Gender Dimensions of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: A Rapid Assessment Toolkit, says that some African countries, such as the Ghana and Malawi, have more than 50% of women making up the artisanal and small-scale mining workforce. Conservative estimates indi-cate the presence of more than eight million artisanal miners
This research is also taking place as part of the Women's Livelihoods in Artisanal Mining Sectors: Rethinking State-Building in Conflict-Affected Africa project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Up to 20% of the world's gem-quality diamonds are produced by artisanal miners – people who dig for diamonds using rudimentary equipment. Often the whole family is involved, including children. There are 1.5 million artisanal miners in Africa and South America, working in 18 different countries. The work is hard, dirty and dangerous.
The Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Central and East Africa project is part of the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program, which is jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DfID), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Wishbone Gold to start artisanal mining operations… When President Yoweri Museveni from Uganda stood up and announced that the country's biggest problem was unemployment and that artisanal mining should be stopped, Richard Poulden, CEO of Wishbone Gold, saw an …
The development of small-scale and artisanal mining. This article focuses on the last mining company in Kivu – Sominki, which was wound up on 29 March 1997, granting a portion of its assets to Sakima, which itself lacked the resources to resume mining operations. Another portion, consisting primarily of gold mines, was granted to a company ...
The Artisanal Mining Women's Empowerment Credit & Savings project (AFECCOR) supports women and men in artisanal gold mining communities to access savings and credit in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and economic security.
The majority of women in engage in small-scale artisanal mining, and WLSA Zimbabwe notes that South Africa's law provides for mining syndicates and consortiums so groups can buy mining claims together.
It took me a while to realize what I was seeing. At the first artisanal mining site we visited on our first day in the gold mining area of Migori County, the women that we saw were carrying out one of the last steps in the gold mining process. They were sluicing the powder from the ground-up rocks ...
The Impact of Expanding Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining on Small Holder Agriculture in West Africa Find out more visit ACET at EXTRACTIVES CONTENTS The Impact of Expanding Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining on Small Holder Agriculture in West Africa A Case Study of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Sierra Leone SYNTHESIS REPORT ...
1 THE ARTISANAL AND SMALL SCALE MINING SECTOR & SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS1 M. Hoadley1 and D. Limpitlaw1 1 School of Mining Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, [email protected] ABSTRACT The activities of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector are largely poverty driven, and there is a
Artisanal mining and rural livelihoods in Africa: Change, challenges and policy options Roy Maconachie University of Bath, UK [email protected] Presentation to CSD19, United Nations New York, March 03, 2011
Mining in Zimbabwe has been largely a men's affair, but women are slowly making inroads in the sector. Despite the rudimentary methods still used in artisanal mining, women are now wielding picks and shovels alongside men as they scavenge for valuable minerals.
Artisanal mines are often situated in concession areas granted by the Government to the mining companies. But in order to appease local populations, unofficial agreements are made between the companies, government officials, and security forces to turn a blind eye to artisanal mining activity.