Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) provides a critical livelihood for millions of people across the world. And Artisanal miners produce a significant portion of the world’s minerals and gemstones, often enduring difficult and hazardous working conditions.
However, the true impact of their labor is relatively unknown due to limited and accessible data on the sector. This has an impact on the sector’s development, and often perpetuates a narrative that ASM is inherently bad for the environment and developing communities.
“Without accurate data we will never be able to truly determine how much the ASM sector plays in the lives of millions of people around the globe,” said Sheila Khama, Practice Manager for the World Bank’s Energy & Extractive Industries Global Practice. “We believe that with better data the true story of the sector’s social, environmental, and economic impact can be told.”
DELVE will rely on data contributions from various stakeholders. In its initial year, the platform will focus on a select few high-impact data sets to showcase ASM’s positive impact on sustainable development.