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Mineral Sector Development

Enhancing management of the upstream mineral economy

Through our work in mineral sector development, we seek to create the operating conditions that make good governance and better business feasible, desirable, and therefore more likely.

We provide services to governments, multilateral organisations and development agencies to enhance management of the upstream mineral economy. Our services also help small and medium-scale enterprises operate legally, profitably and sustainably.

Female ASM miners panning gold for their daughters' dowries, Sierra Leone. Photo credit: Estelle Levin-Nally

We drive the progressive formalisation of the often informal and unregulated artisanal and small-scale mining sector with the aim of empowering mining operations and businesses to grow economically. In turn, this contributes to the economic viability of local and national economies through revenue generation and job creation.

Researcher Olivia Lyster gathering testimonials from female members of a mining community, Uganda. Photo credit: Jennifer Hinton

Our interventions balance support to governments with the needs of miners, communities and actors along minerals supply chains, so all are able to operate in line with best practices.

Services and tools:


We research and do knowledge

  • Situational analyses.
  • Strategic assessments.
  • Diagnostics and baseline studies.
  • Value chain assessments.
  • Feasibility studies.


We design and deliver enabling structures

  • Artisanal and small-scale mining formalisation (from mine to market).
  • Strategic sector planning.
  • Programme design (governments, donors).
  • Organisational capacity assessments.
  • Legal and policy reviews.
  • Policy design, promulgation.
  • Support to regional governance structures.
  • Training and capacity building.


We drive economic development through minerals

  • SME development.
  • Financial sector development.
  • Generating investment and business opportunities.
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
  • Sustainable livelihoods.


We help you manage performance and compliance

  • International norms, standards and policy development.
  • Independent Third Party audits.
  • Accountability structures for good governance.
  • Certification and assurance (design, alignment and advisory).
  • Data management systems.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

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