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Leading The Charge For Change – Our Chance To Transform The Cobalt Mining Sector

BY ASSHETON CARTER & DAVID STURMES | JUNE 5, 2020 For the last 1.5 years, our TDI Impact team at the Impact Facility have been working with Fairphone, Signify and Huayou Cobalt to develop a programme that addresses the most urgent issues associated with the production of cobalt by artisanal miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As

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Leading The Charge For Change – Our Chance To Transform The Cobalt Mining Sector

BY ASSHETON CARTER & DAVID STURMES | JUNE 5, 2020

For the last 1.5 years, our TDI Impact team at the Impact Facility have been working with Fairphone, Signify and Huayou Cobalt to develop a programme that addresses the most urgent issues associated with the production of cobalt by artisanal miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As we are preparing for the public launch of our action platform, we felt the need to contribute to the discourse around artisanal mining of cobalt. Critically asking: What needs to happen to improve working conditions at artisanal mine sites and what is the downstream’s role in this?

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BUILDING A FRONTIER IMPACT INVESTMENT SECTOR – THE PATH FORWARD FOR ARTISANAL AND SMALL SCALE MINING – PART 2

BY SARAH CAVEN | APRIL 6, 2020

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector is largely unknown or poorly understood by the finance world. There is a perception held by many that investing in and financing ASM comes with insurmountable risk. All investing carries risk, especially in new, unproven or complex sectors such as ASM, however, and this barrier is often dismantled over time as pilot projects demonstrate viability and the investment opportunity emerges. In this continuing series of blog articles, we consider the current status of ASM as an impact investment sector and the barriers it faces. We suggest that building the necessary infrastructure to enable access to finance for ASM can begin to erode these barriers and help to advance ASM projects nearer to unlocking finance. 

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Unlocking Finance For Artisanal And Small-Scale Gold Mining: A Frontier Investment Sector

BY SARAH CAVEN | MARCH 26, 2020

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) provides the minerals for a growing global economy, including for the green infrastructure required for de-carbonization and electrification. Employing over 40 million people and supporting a further 250 million globally, it is the chief source of income for many rural communities. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is a significant part of the ASM sector and accounts for approximately 20% of global gold supply. To date, ASGM has been left largely on the margins of the formal economy with little access to formal finance—that is, finance that falls within the purview of international or national law.

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BUILDING A FRONTIER IMPACT INVESTMENT SECTOR – THE PATH FORWARD FOR ARTISANAL AND SMALL SCALE MINING – PART 1

BY SARAH CAVEN | MARCH 26, 2020

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector is largely unknown or poorly understood by the finance world. There is a perception held by many that investing in and financing ASM comes with insurmountable risk. All investing carries risk, especially in new, unproven or complex sectors such as ASM, however, and this barrier is often dismantled over time as pilot projects demonstrate viability and the investment opportunity emerges. In this continuing series of blog articles, we consider the current status of ASM as an impact investment sector and the barriers it faces. We suggest that building the necessary infrastructure to enable access to finance for ASM can begin to erode these barriers and help to advance ASM projects nearer to unlocking finance. 

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