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We believe that Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) should be included as a legitimate socio-economic player in the mining industry. This requires that ASM is formalized and that responsible markets and legal frameworks driving the development of ASM are enabled.
By integrating a human rights perspective and working with miners, local NGOs supporting miners, governments, civil society and the industry, we work to enable the inclusion of ASM in the mining industry.
Our advocacy and communications work include writing publications on ASM related issues, networking and participating in key forums and events. We take part in key policy and industry initiatives that have an impact on ASM, bringing our expertise to the table and raising awareness of ASM and on its potential to create economic development in communities otherwise often trapped in poverty. We see the mining sector as one, and are convinced that any sustainable transformation of the sector must include ASM.
The key themes we focus on are:
- Policy reforms at country and international level
- Gender and policy
- Gradual elimination of Mercury
- Conflict Prevention and Resolution
- Relationships between LSM and ASM
- Water related issues
See our resource section for publications on these central issues. You will find papers published by ARM as well as and by other relevant actors.