Improving the social, economic and environmental performance of ASM in Latin America and the Carribean

Date: 2013-2018

Countries: Colombia, Peru and Bolivia

Donors: The Inter-American Development Bank via the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)


This multimillion-dollar project supports the development of market incentives and the formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining.

The project works on four main areas: strengthening local capacity for the formalization of artisanal mining (virtual training program for trainers), strengthening incentives for formalization and sustainability (fieldwork to support mining organizations), access to formal global markets and the management and distribution of knowledge about artisanal mining.

Key achievements

  • 8 training modules for trainers on core issues
  • A virtual training platform and 40 trainers attended.
  • A diagnostic tool for mining organizations
  • A participatory design and implementation of improvement plans for 21 mining organizations
  • Three “Dialogues of Gold” events in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
  • 3 regional workshops in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru to exchange experiences among miners from the three different countries.
  • 30 ASM Organizations improved their performance in administration, environmental management, health and safety, internal regulation, communication and marketing.
  • A final workshop in September 2017 where more than 70 miners of 4 different countries met.


  • Promoting good ASM practices in Latin America: The Fairmined Standard
  • Mining and Human Rights: An ASM perspective
  • What is legal? Formalization of ASM in Colombia (in English and Spanish)
  • The formalization of small-scale mining in Colombia: 5 case studies
  • Learning to handle mercury with care, a primer for miners
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