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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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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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The story of women empowerment sells ASM gold

BY CARLA NEEFS | MARCH 11, 2020

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold sector suffers from a dubious reputation worldwide among micro-credit financiers, impact investors and the private sector. There is a persistent perception that investing in and financing of ASM comes with a high level of risk. However, this perception is inaccurate and unfair. In this series of blog articles, we aim to share important insights into this complex arena, and analyse the challenges and possible solutions.

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Panning of gold: the sieving of gold from water. As the gold grains are quite large, this process does not involve the use of chemicals.

Cautious Steps of Refiners into Sourcing ASM Gold

BY CARLA NEEFS | FEBRUARY 5, 2020

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold sector suffers from a dubious reputation worldwide among micro-credit financiers, impact investors and the private sector. There is a persistent perception that investing in and financing of ASM comes with a high level of risk. However, this perception is inaccurate and unfair. In this new series of blog articles, we aim to share important insights into this complex arena, and analyse the challenges and possible solutions.

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ASM Gold Deserves Support from Formal Finance

BY CARLA NEEFS | DECEMBER 23, 2019

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold sector is largely unknown or poorly understood with a dubious reputation worldwide among micro-credit financiers, impact investors and the private sector. There is a perception that investing in and financing of ASM comes with insurmountable risk. However investing of any kind carries risk, and this barrier may be dismantled over time as various pilot investment projects demonstrate ASM can present a viable investment opportunity. In this new series of blog articles, we aim to share important insights into this complex arena, analyse the challenges and discuss possible solutions.

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