Artisanal and small-scale mining leaders launch global knowledge exchange to support responses to COVID
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have launched the Delve Exchange, a global knowledge exchange network to share good practices to respond to COVID. The Delve Exchange will utilise accessible online technologies to facilitate regional and global knowledge exchange, led by recognised ASM leaders.
The Delve Exchange will include Delve Exchange Groups for six regions, facilitated through WhatsApp Application. Members of the Exchange Groups will share good practices and seek peer support through videos or voice recordings, documents, photos or drawings.
Each regional network will hold monthly Delve Exchange Forums through Zoom Meeting Application. In addition, the team will seek access to selected training opportunities for their members.
Dian Anggraeni, coordinator for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, believes the Delve Exchange will allow the miners to support each other during the pandemic and bring hope.
“They can interact and share about their mining activities,connect with other regions and find solutions to their problems” she said.
The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute will support this team. The University of Queensland support team brings together decades of experience to promote the voice and visibility of regional ASM leaders and practitioners.
The Delve Exchange partners include the Association of Women in Mining in Africa, The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, the World Bank, the OECD and the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, implemented by the UNDP.
The Delve Exchange was established with funding from the COVID-19 emergency window for the ASM sector from the World Bank’s Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Trust Fund. EGPS supports resource-dependent developing countries to build extractive sectors that drive inclusive, sustainable growth and development and ultimately, poverty reduction.