Technical Challenges in Artisanal Mining

  There are many different challenges faced by the artisanal miner, one of which is technical challenges. We have seen mining shafts as deep as 80 meters (260 feet) with small air hoses that miners’ breath into, securing themselves with hemp ropes. The lack of precautionary safety measures puts the miners’ lives at risk on 

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Visit to an Artisanal Mining Village

Have you ever visited an artisanal mining village, deep in the African bush? We speak of a village, but is it really one? In reality, there are hundreds, even thousands of huts that intertwine to make up and organize the artisanal gold mining collectivity. The houses are made of straw or canvas and tin roofs. 

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The Formalization of Artisanal Mining

In many commonly referred to “emerging” nations, the informal sector is often predominant in shaping the economic fabric, compared to the “formal” sector. It is generally thought that when a person doesn’t register his business, this is done in order to avoid paying taxes. Very often, people’s lack of confidence in their government, their financial 

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People-Centric Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

One of the building blocks of Barksanem™’s mining vision is “people” and more broadly their “community“. The management team of Barksanem™ adhere to the belief that without man there is no business, no market, no supply chain, no value chain, no blockchain etc. Technology, organizations, capital and even the end product make sense only if 

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Artisanal Mining and Women

When visiting the many artisanal mining sites in Burkina Faso, where thousands of gold miners gather, women are everywhere. Not only in the food preparation area, or in the small restaurants along the dusty roads, or in the shops that make up the mining village, but much closer to the mines themselves, and sometimes even 

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Who are the Artisanal Miners?

Within the artisanal mining sector there are a few different types of miners that are typically seen in different places. In certain countries one type of artisanal mining can be called seasonal mining and this is often where rural farmers mine certain parts of the year. They might mine in the dry season and farm in 

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UN Sustainable Development Goals – part 2 of 2

The World Economic Forum often discusses how the mining industry can support the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Guiding Principles, however, indicate that a company cannot offset human rights harm by doing good elsewhere. Companies cannot “pick and choose” which human rights to respect. Human rights don’t work like a carbon offset program, where you 

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UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 of 2

The modern-day slavery act recently introduced calls business and governments to action in order to prevent forced labor through the global supply chain, including in sectors like mining. Extractive companies are being asked to know and show that they understand how their activities affect human rights, not just at the point of extraction, but also 

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Artisanal Mining Donors

  Donors in the artisanal mining space have been around in the mining sector for many decades. At first, they were focused on definitional issues, defining artisanal mining, small-scale mining and so on. Then it moved on to the technical side where you had a lot of engineers and geologists providing technical assistance. Then in 

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Artisanal Miners

The ASM sector produces about 80% of the world’s color gemstones, up to a quarter of all gold in the world, about a quarter of all cobalt and tin, and about 15% of all diamonds. In other words, they’re not insignificant producers, they’re the world’s hidden suppliers. In a previous article we detailed this market 

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