Policy Brief on ASM and Sustainability in Africa : Linkages as a Sustainable Livelihood Tool
Artisanal and Small-scale miners’ human and social capital is degraded due to lack of access to education, prevalence of child labour, environmental degradation and level of marginalisation. Access to financial and physical capital in rural areas is also undeveloped and for miners, it is even more intricate.
Questions to be addressed are:
- Are the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) and mineral linkages adequately applicable to ASM?
- Can the SLA, SDGs and mineral linkages principles be applied as a tool to bring in sustainability into the ASM sector?
- Is it enough to focus on long lasting poverty reduction to offer sustainability in ASM?
- Are there African country experiences that demonstrate the creation of necessary space and conditions to tap into all the potential that the ASM mineral sector can offer?
A framework will be proposed based on contributions within this discussion as well as further research, and would be a tool to develop evidence based recommendations for inculcating sustainability in ASM.
This will further support the development of policy, strategy and programmes.
This framework will be based on the principles of the SLA, mineral linkages and SDGs