Public Policies

Governance for sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining

With the objective of promoting the positioning of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining as a legitimate actor and interlocutor in local decision-making, territorial planning and the formulation and implementation of sectoral policies, ARM facilitates the creation of agreed resource governance models based on shared territorial visions and action plans for their future consolidation around an economic, social and environmentally responsible and sustainable ASM.

To do so, we implement the following activities:


Diagnosis and understanding of the territory. Local and country level analysis of socio-economic and regulatory environments and identification of challenges and opportunities for the development of the artisanal and small-scale sector, including stakeholder analysis and feasibility studies.



Capacity building and transfer. Training and awareness raising on issues such as: dialogue and conflict management, leadership, political participation, mining regulations and formalization processes, gender, public health and the environment.

Bottom-up advocacy. ARM facilitates the participation of community mining leaders in national and international decision-making spaces, provides expert advice to local and national authorities on mining policy issues and actively participates in advocacy spaces, including the group on small-scale mining of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Colombia.

Promotion of bottom-up and inclusive governance models. Support and facilitation in the creation of committees and other meeting spaces, as well as the promotion of multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder relationships in ASM territories that facilitate dialogue, inclusive governance agreements and the overcoming of specific obstacles in favor of sustainable development.

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