Voces Mineras: Clarifying the future of artisanal and small-scale mining collaborations

Kathleen M. Smits, Libby McDonald, Nicole M. Smith, Fernando Gonzalez, Juan Lucena, Gerardo Martinez, Oscar Jaime Restrepo, Silvia Rosas

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Using a creative capacity building (CCB) framework, co-design workshops among artisanal and small-scale gold miners, government officials, NGO representatives, and academics can provide an effective mechanism to identify pressing needs and desires of miners and operators towards formalization. As recently implemented in Peru, one of these workshops identified the need for a single forum (association) to allow artisanal and small-scale miners to represent their voice in front of government and large-scale mining operations and the need for a streamlined simple process for formalization that included mining, environment, health, safety, and employment considerations. A first step towards the single forum was taken with the creation of a social media outlet that allows participants to voice their concerns and share information. Future workshops are needed to cement the creation of the forum and provide specific recommendations for the streamlining of the formalization process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-72
Number of pages5
JournalExtractive Industries and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2020


  • Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM)
  • Capacity building workshops
  • Formalization
  • Peru


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