Creation of a fair-gold supply chain in West Africa and the reduction of the use of mercury in extractive processes

Date: 2013-2016

Countries: Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mali

Donors: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


Our Alliance with UNIDO in West Africa focused on creating fair supply chains and reduce the use of mercury in mining.

This project aimed at identifying artisanal and small-scale mining organizations that have the potential to participate in the Fairmined Initiative and offer them support through capacity transfer to local organizations that can train and support the miners.

It also contributes to our mission regarding mercury reduction, policy recommendations and establishing fair supply chains.

Key achievements

  • Formalisation of 3 ASMO’s (creation of first mining cooperative in Burkina Faso)
  • Creation of a Committee on Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene and implementation of improved practices in these issues (handing over of personal protection gear and risk analysis of HSH at one location in Senegal),
  • Reforestation of more than 10.000 “self-fertilizing” trees by the mining community
  • Implementation of better production techniques that benefit women miners (trommel in Senegal, technology based on separation through air in Burkina Faso),
  • Development and distribution of didactic material (comic) on the Fairmined Standard.
  • Organisation of a workshop to exchange experiences between miners of Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal
  • Case study about gold market chains in Burkina Faso and Senegal.
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