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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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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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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