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ASM Gold Can Change Lives for the Better
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ASM Gold Can Change Lives for the Better

March 30, 2021, by The Zahabu Safi Project

Jewelers are increasingly aware that, if they can carefully select gold from responsible ASM sources,they can play a role in changing lives for the better, a new report by USAID's Zahabu Safi project shows.

L'Or ASM Peut Changer des Vies pour le Mieux
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L'Or ASM Peut Changer des Vies pour le Mieux

March 30, 2021, by Le Projet Zahabu Safi

Les bijoutiers sont de plus en plus conscients que, s'ils peuvent sélectionner avec soin de l'or auprès de sources ASM responsables, ils peuvent jouer un rôle dans l'amélioration des vies, comme le montre le dernier rapport de Zahabu Safi.

Apply for the Responsible Gold Innovation Facility (RGIF)
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Apply for the Responsible Gold Innovation Facility (RGIF)

March 3, 2021, by Lucie Goulet

Apply for the USAID’s Zahabu Safi Responsible Gold Innovation Facility to incentivize investment in new supply chain investment models for responsible gold originating from the DRC.

Driving impact in mineral supply chains – 10 insights into the state of play
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Driving impact in mineral supply chains – 10 insights into the state of play

February 17, 2021, by Angela Jorns

Read our analysis of what is needed to drive impact in mineral supply chains and support development in producer communities and countries.

Harnessing Digital4Development for a just and equitable mining and minerals sector
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Harnessing Digital4Development for a just and equitable mining and minerals sector

January 12, 2021, by Adam Rolfe and Holger Grundel

Looking into what Digital4Development means for the mining sector, and how we are investing in it at Levin Sources, from award-winning AI solutions to due diligence digital solutions.

How to formalize logistics in the eastern DRC ASM gold supply chain
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How to formalize logistics in the eastern DRC ASM gold supply chain

December 14, 2020, by Rachel Brass, based on the Learning Brief by Adam Rolfe and Angela Jorns, drawing on original research from Cyril Jobard and Safanto Bulongo

Read our top line summary of next steps for contributing to the formalization of logistics solutions in the ASM gold supply chain in eastern DRC.

FOUR IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON ASM IN MOZAMBIQUE
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FOUR IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON ASM IN MOZAMBIQUE

November 5, 2020, by Olivia Lyster, Salvador Mondlane Junior and Elton Maiela

Explore the consequences of COVID-19 on ASM communities in Mozambique including reduction in activity and impact on livelihoods.

Making Forest-Smart Mining a reality: how philanthropists, multilaterals and international financial institutions can get the ball rolling.
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Making Forest-Smart Mining a reality: how philanthropists, multilaterals and international financial institutions can get the ball rolling.

Our new report is packed with case studies and practical entry points for reducing mining’s impacts on forests.

7 COVID-19 impacts on artisanal gold mining communities in Zimbabwe
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7 COVID-19 impacts on artisanal gold mining communities in Zimbabwe

October 26, 2020, by Rosanna Tufo, Chloe Jacot and Josephine Singo. Research conducted by Josephine Singo.

Our research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing challenges associated with a recent period of economic, social and political fragility for ASM communities.

La Covid-19 vide les poches des communautés de mineurs artisanaux et des provinces de l’Est de la RDC
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La Covid-19 vide les poches des communautés de mineurs artisanaux et des provinces de l’Est de la RDC

October 19, 2020, by Safanto Bulongo

Une analyse des impacts de la Covid-19 dans le secteur de l’EMAPE en RDC.

ASMSpotter wins the Microsoft AI for Earth prize
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ASMSpotter wins the Microsoft AI for Earth prize

October 19, 2020, by Adam Rolfe

Learn more about the ASMSpotter solution from dida and Levin Sources, an AI-based technology to automatically identify artisanal and small-scale mine sites.

Development of a National Strategy for ASM in DRC and a National Action Plan for the ASM technical services (SAEMAPE, formerly SAESSCAM)
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Development of a National Strategy for ASM in DRC and a National Action Plan for the ASM technical services (SAEMAPE, formerly SAESSCAM)

Explore how we designed an end-to-end capacity building programme to better support the DRC ASM sector.

Development of a Kenyan Artisanal Mining Strategy
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Development of a Kenyan Artisanal Mining Strategy

Discover how we facilitated the Kenyan government to develop a national artisanal mining strategy (KAMS) to formalise the sector.

Helping international partners shape a shared vision:  Logframe review for the Sustainability in Chinese Outbound Mining Investment - Sustainable Mining Action Plan (SMAP) project
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Helping international partners shape a shared vision: Logframe review for the Sustainability in Chinese Outbound Mining Investment - Sustainable Mining Action Plan (SMAP) project

Learn how our experts guided agencies from China, Germany and the UK to agree a shared vision for promoting greater responsibility in mineral supply chains involving Chinese companies.

Working with the EPRM to improve the M&E framework and baseline for responsible 3TG mining practices in CAHRAs
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Working with the EPRM to improve the M&E framework and baseline for responsible 3TG mining practices in CAHRAs

Our experts supported the EPRM in developing a meaningful baseline to monitor and assess the progress and impact of all its activities.

EPRM Due Diligence Hub: A tailored due diligence portal for responsible mineral supply chains
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EPRM Due Diligence Hub: A tailored due diligence portal for responsible mineral supply chains

Discover how Levin Sources created the Hub’s content and architecture, supported the EPRM Secretariat in its leadership of the Working Group, and strategised the initial communications plan.

Aligning the Fairtrade Standard with conflict-minerals requirements
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Aligning the Fairtrade Standard with conflict-minerals requirements

Discover how our experts helped update the Fairtrade Standard for Gold to align with new requirements and then rolled out a training programme for mining organisations and traders.

Analysis of civil society incident reporting in eastern DRC
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Analysis of civil society incident reporting in eastern DRC

Levin Sources was contracted by a large downstream supply chain actor to provide expert support to their supply chain research and risk assessments for mineral supply chains originating in the DRC.

Industry expectations for LSM-ASM relationships – where do we stand?
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Industry expectations for LSM-ASM relationships – where do we stand?

June 19, 2020, by Angela Jorns

Standards provide a useful pointer for ASM-LSM relationships. Read a summary of these expectations, what they mean in practice, and key emerging trends.

Supporting civil society organisations to engage with ASM | IUCN
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Supporting civil society organisations to engage with ASM | IUCN

A guide and webinar featuring an overview for civil society organisations on how to engage with the ASM sector to address some its social and environmental impacts.

Revision of the Regional Certification Mechanism of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region
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Revision of the Regional Certification Mechanism of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region

Learn about the collaborative revision process behind the Second Edition of the Regional Certification Mechanism

The RCM blog series: Introducing The Second Edition of the Regional Certification Mechanism
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The RCM blog series: Introducing The Second Edition of the Regional Certification Mechanism

June 9, 2020, by Adam Rolfe and Mike Loch (Responsible Trade)

A series to help you understand what RCM elements have changed, why they were changed, what this means in practice and how the changes represent a significant improvement.

Market Analysis: artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold from Eastern DRC
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Market Analysis: artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold from Eastern DRC

Discover eight key learnings from our market analysis of ASM gold from Eastern Congo carried out as part of the USAID Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold (CVCFG) Project.

Facilitating access to international gold markets for Artisanal Gold Miners in Eastern Congo
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Facilitating access to international gold markets for Artisanal Gold Miners in Eastern Congo

May 4, 2020, by Rachel Brass and Rosanna Tufo

Discover eight key learnings from our market analysis of ASM gold from Eastern Congo carried out as part of the USAID Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold (CVCFG) Project.

Baseline Study of Mining and Socio-Economic Development in the Central African Republic
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Baseline Study of Mining and Socio-Economic Development in the Central African Republic

Levin Sources drafted a report that paved the way for a Central African ASM sector that contributes to socio-economic development, peace and poverty reduction at both community and national levels.

LSM and ASM relationships: from risk management to positive impact
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LSM and ASM relationships: from risk management to positive impact

April 5, 2020, by Estelle Levin-Nally and Dr Fabiana Di Lorenzo

Read sector Insights into how LSM and ASM relationships could move beyond risk management towards positive impact and how donor-funded programmes could provide avenues for reduced-risk engagement with ASM by LSM companies.

ASM, responsible sourcing and COVID-19 – An initial analysis
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ASM, responsible sourcing and COVID-19 – An initial analysis

April 2, 2020, by Adam Rolfe and Levin Sources experts

Covid-19: what impact for ASM and responsible sourcing? Our experts analyse the situation so far.

Creating an actionable strategy to create international leverage of Parties of the Dutch Agreement on Responsible Gold
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Creating an actionable strategy to create international leverage of Parties of the Dutch Agreement on Responsible Gold

How we drew on our experience and network within the international gold sector to deliver an actionable stakeholder strategy that reflected the Gold Agreement

Our training on responsible sourcing and EU Conflict Mineral Regulation is going digital
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Our training on responsible sourcing and EU Conflict Mineral Regulation is going digital

March 23, 2020, by Dr Fabiana Di Lorenzo

Our Responsible Sourcing Training provides you with a concrete understanding of how to implement due diligence in your organisation, on a budget and with limited resources.

Creating an informational due diligence portal for SMEs: due diligence ready! for the European Commission
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Creating an informational due diligence portal for SMEs: due diligence ready! for the European Commission

From information gathering to the communication strategy, discover how we contributed to the implementation of the European Commission due diligence ready! portal.

White paper: How miners can be forest stewards
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White paper: How miners can be forest stewards

In 2019, ​Levin Sources signed onto the New York Declaration on Forests, a partnership to halve deforestation by 2020, and end it by 2030. The world has lost 50% of its forests already, and we are losing 48 football fields of forest every minute.

Available now: “Forest-Smart Mining: identifying good and bad practices of artisanal and small-scale mining in forest landscapes”
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Available now: “Forest-Smart Mining: identifying good and bad practices of artisanal and small-scale mining in forest landscapes”

May 10, 2019, by Estelle Levin-Nally and Blanca Racionero Gomez

Levin Sources has been working to identify and analyse good and bad practices of artisanal and small-scale mining in forest landscapes in order to find opportunities for positive intervention.

Government of Ethiopia Ministry of Mines, Petroleum, and Natural Gas (MOMPNG): Gold Technical Training Manual
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Government of Ethiopia Ministry of Mines, Petroleum, and Natural Gas (MOMPNG): Gold Technical Training Manual

Levin Sources and Sudca Development Consultants (Sudca) developed this Gold Technical Training Manual for the JSDF Project and the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum, and Natural Gas (MOMPNG). It was financed by the World Bank-administered JSDF grant for support to improve the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of artisanal miners, with a particular emphasis on empowerment of women.

Swiss Development and Cooperation: Low Cost (‘Frugal’) Methods for ASM Environmental Rehabilitation Study
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Swiss Development and Cooperation: Low Cost (‘Frugal’) Methods for ASM Environmental Rehabilitation Study

Our case study of international best practices in ASM rehabilitation draws upon examples from arid and semi-arid ecosystems in Africa, Latin America, and Asia that have demonstrated success and are relevant to the Mongolian context.

Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) in Conflict-Affected DRC: ASM Specialist Study
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Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) in Conflict-Affected DRC: ASM Specialist Study

Levin Sources conducted a specialist ASM study for a client who was in the process of developing a historic gold mine in the conflict-affected district of Ituri in the DRC.

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