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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Human Rights In The ASM Sector Part 2/2

The UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights are now embedded in the corporate policy frameworks of a number of extractive companies and industry organizations. ARM, Alliance for Responsible Mining (FairMined Certification) as well as other groups such as the International Council on Mining and Metals encourage a proactive approach to business and human rights 

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Human Rights in the ASM sector part 1/2

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, along with other core instruments, outlines the human rights responsibilities of states towards individuals and collectivities. States have the obligation to respect and implement all of the provisions of the Declaration and related instruments. The responsibilities and obligations of states to protect, respect, and fulfill human rights have 

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Large-Scale Mining and Artisanal Small-Scale Mining

When we mention the word mining, most people think about large machineries, millions of dollars of investment, lots of hardhats, expatriates and so on. However, there is a very wide gamut within the mining sector. On one hand you have very large companies with heavy equipment, earth movers, 15-meter-tall gigantic dump trucks that have lookout 

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Barksanem™ Rolls Out A Digital Currency for The Betterment of Mining Micro-Collectivities

  Houston, Texas (July 10, 2018) Barksanem™ (BSM™) Sarl, artisanal and small-scale responsible mining company based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and its sister company Barksanem™ Inc. based in Houston Texas, announce the acquisition of licensing rights for a unique non-cryptic, non-speculative digital currency.  Through the digitization of its mineral supply chain, BSM™ is able to 

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OECD IFFs (Illicit Financial Flows) Report

The OECD along with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the World Bank, recently published another excellent analysis of IFFs (illicit financial flows) specifically relating to the economy of illicit trade in West Africa. I highly recommend 

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The Barksanem™ License: Mines, Miners, Minerals

What is the Barksanem™ License… exactly?   Barksanem™ (BSM™) is a Texas-based, American company internationally licensing operational solutions, mineral resource management, natural resource remediation, and innovative agricultural programs for micro-collectivities. Licensing refers to the leasing of intangible assets or an intellectual property. Intellectual property or “IP” includes intangible creations of the human intellect, such as copyrights, patents, and trademarks 

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Why Burkina Faso?

From time to time we are asked, why did we choose Burkina Faso to develop our mining operations and create our training and research hubs for the Texas-based company Barksanem™, Inc? Actually, there are many reasons. History first of all, since one of the two founders is Burkinabe and the second grew up in this 

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Solidarity with the artisanal mining community starts with transparency

The EITI or the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has recently announced that “Burkina Faso has made meaningful progress with the EITI Standard”. The EITI is the global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources. Considering the major political and economic changes that Burkina Faso has foregone since 2015, this is a remarkable 

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