July 3, 2015

Supporting Africa’s mining sector

Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) has long been an important industry in Africa, providing economic opportunities for many impoverished families. The average earnings of an ASM worker are less than one dollar a day, placing them in absolute poverty. A United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) report estimated that, throughout Africa, over 8 million people are directly engaged in ASM, and that they in turn support more than 45 million dependants. This highly unregulated sector is now emerging as a challenge that governments can no longer ignore.