Artisanal and Small Scale Mining

Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) provides an alternative to millions of miners in contexts where livelihoods such as agriculture or small-scale business enterprises do not always guarantee financial returns. Miners often operate informally due to the high barriers of access to obtain mining licenses and financial capital. As such, ASM stimulates informal markets and local economies.

Artisanal and small-scale miners globally face unique risks, opportunities and challenges. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) has some negative socio-economic and environmental impacts including security issues, degradation of the environment, risks to health and safety, and pressures on overstretched local public infrastructure and services.

If properly managed, governments can positively harness the immense potential of ASM to generate local economic development and revenues, while reducing ASM’s negative impacts. MASI supports governments in obtaining deeper knowledge about the artisanal and small-scale mining context in their country. Specifically, we map entry-points to improve local institutional capacity to address ASM issues, and we design strategies to support governments to improve their country’s ASM reality.

Our Services

Research and Assessments

  • Baseline studies
  • Perception surveys
  • Mineral value chain analysis
  • Gender dimensions of ASM

Stakeholder engagement

  • ASM stakeholder mapping and consultation
  • Training workshops for socially responsible ASM
  • Coordination of multi-stakeholder ASM initiatives

Strategy and Policy Reform

  • ASM formalisation strategy and programme design
  • ASM policy reform training sessions