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Delve COVID-19 Impact on ASM Data Collection Exercise Update

Delve COVID-19 Impact on ASM Data Collection Exercise Update

July 29, 2020, by Olivia Lyster and Adam Rolfe

As the COVID-19 ASM Delve data collection draws to a close, we share a preliminary overview of our findings and conclusions.

The importance of thinking and working politically in finding ‘best fit’ solutions to ASM-LSM cohabitation

The importance of thinking and working politically in finding ‘best fit’ solutions to ASM-LSM cohabitation

July 6, 2020, by Terah DeJong

Understand how to effectively engaging the powers and interests behind all ASM situations and at all levels by thinking and operating politically.

The RCM Blog series: Keeping minerals from the Great Lakes Region flowing: An introduction to “Blue Status” for Mine Sites and Exporters

The RCM Blog series: Keeping minerals from the Great Lakes Region flowing: An introduction to “Blue Status” for Mine Sites and Exporters

July 2, 2020, by Adam Rolfe and Mike Loch (Responsible Trade)

Introducing “Blue Status” for Mine Sites and Exporters and how this “new” element of the RCM is aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-risk Areas.

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

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.

Levin Sources joins a global initiative to monitor, assess and respond to the impact of Covid-19 on ASM communities

Levin Sources joins a global initiative to monitor, assess and respond to the impact of Covid-19 on ASM communities

June 17, 2020, by Adam Rolfe and Olivia Lyster

Learn how we are participating in a global impact reporting initiative on COVID-19 and ASM.

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

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.

ASM programming in the COVID-19 era

ASM programming in the COVID-19 era

May 27, 2020, by Adam Rolfe and Angela Jorns

Exploring practical programming options address ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting ASM and ASM communities.

Research spotlight: How much does a miner earn?

Research spotlight: How much does a miner earn?

May 7, 2020, by Levin Sources, Fairphone and IPIS

A recent report shows that ASM tin miners in the DRC don’t earn enough to cover basic expenses and offers suggestions to improve their revenues.

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

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-funded Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold (CVCFG) Project.

Are they all illegal? A more nuanced view to guide LSM engagement with ASM

Are they all illegal? A more nuanced view to guide LSM engagement with ASM

April 23, 2020, by Angela Jorns and Estelle Levin-Nally

Understanding the many legal frameworks under which ASM operates is key to a successful ASM-LSM relationship.

Six reasons why COVID-19 response planning should prioritise ASM communities

Six reasons why COVID-19 response planning should prioritise ASM communities

April 21, 2020, by Adam Rolfe and Estelle Levin-Nally, with contributions from Holger Grundel

Our experts detail six reasons why Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) communities need to be at the heart of the minerals sector's COVID-19 response.

LSM and ASM relationships: from risk management to positive impact

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.

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