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Case Studies

Our work

We work with diverse clients to deliver inventive and impactful solutions.

In many cases, mineral matters are sensitive. We are grateful to the following clients for allowing us to speak publicly about our work.

Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER): Metallurgy Sector Scoping

Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER): Metallurgy Sector Scoping

Levin Sources was contracted by the SER to conduct a rapid scoping of 13 metals and a high level mapping of the value chains for each. From this information, associated IRBC risks were ascertained to support the facilitation decision making on potential collective mitigation and prevention.​

Preparation of  Environmental Management Plans for the Hpakant/Lonkin Jade Mining Region, Myanmar

Preparation of Environmental Management Plans for the Hpakant/Lonkin Jade Mining Region, Myanmar

Levin Sources prepared the environment management measures linked to Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) and provided advice on Large-scale Mining (LSM) – ASM relations, including LSM operations and relationships with illegal stone pickers. Through engagement made on several trips to Kachin State, the Levin Sources team developed recommendations that were astute to the contexts of and generated value for specific stakeholders, while seeking to mitigate or remediate negative impacts.

Oxford Policy Management/DFID: Assessment of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) Programmatic Intervention Priorities for K-EXPRO

Oxford Policy Management/DFID: Assessment of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) Programmatic Intervention Priorities for K-EXPRO

The Kenya Extractives Programme (K-EXPRO) is a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme that aims to contribute to poverty reduction in Kenya through inclusive and sustainable economic development within the extractive industries. Oxford Policy Management, who is implementing K-EXPRO on behalf of DFID, contracted Levin Sources to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Mining in Kenya. The focus of the work was to support measures to improve management of the ASM sector.​​

European Commission: Study on the support system for SME supply chain due diligence

European Commission: Study on the support system for SME supply chain due diligence

Recognising the significant contribution SMEs make in EU imports of tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TGs), the EC commissioned Levin Sources to design a support system to develop SMEs’ understanding of the concept and benefits of supply chain due diligence, and to build their capacity to empower them to perform it on their mineral supply chains in a way that limits administrative burden.

Gemfields: LSM, ASM and community engagement

Gemfields: LSM, ASM and community engagement

Levin Sources was instrumental in helping the client understand the complexity of the ASM presence on the local community, and provided a range of possible tactical and strategic interventions, some of which were subsequently acted on and incorporated in to the wider risk, security and community engagement processes.

Valcambi: Development of robust internal due diligence system

Valcambi: Development of robust internal due diligence system

“By combining its expertise in minerals value chain with our vision and quest for excellence, Levin Sources has been a valuable partner in consolidating and enhancing Valcambi’s strategies on responsible sourcing”

Solidaridad: Scoping, tool mapping and assessment opportunities for gold programme

Solidaridad: Scoping, tool mapping and assessment opportunities for gold programme

"Working with the Levin Sources team has always helped Solidaridad gain important new insight for our programme strategy. The team draws from a broad network and deep knowledge of the mining and minerals value chain. Not only are they experts in the sector, they also bring top-notch professionalism and integrity."

The GIFF Project: Investigating financial flows linked to artisanal and small-scale gold mining

The GIFF Project: Investigating financial flows linked to artisanal and small-scale gold mining

In 2015, Levin Sources and The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime came together around a shared urgency to better understand how illicit financial flows act as impediments to the formalisation of Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM), with a focus on gold.

ASM-PACE: Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems

ASM-PACE: Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Protected Areas and Critical Ecosystems

Active between 2010 and 2015, ASM-PACE focused exclusively on addressing the impacts of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) occurring in protected areas and critical ecosystems (PACE).

PROMINES: Development of guidance for self-assessment by governments against the ‘Washington Declaration’

PROMINES: Development of guidance for self-assessment by governments against the ‘Washington Declaration’

Levin Sources created a tool to support the operationalisation of the 2012 Washington Declaration on Integrating Development of Artisanal and Small Scale Diamond Mining within Kimberly Process Implementation.

Swiss Development and Cooperation: Marketplace of Ideas & Mongolia’s Best Practice

Swiss Development and Cooperation: Marketplace of Ideas & Mongolia’s Best Practice

Levin Sources facilitated an international symposium bringing together leaders of knowledge initiatives in the field of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). Participants scoped opportunities for cooperation and knowledge sharing between them, setting up opportunities to drive greater impact for artisanal miners and their communities around the world.

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

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

Levin Sources' 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.

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