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BRIEF November 18, 2020

Notice: Emergency Support Window for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Communities Impacted by COVID19

EGPS started the release of terms of reference for funding over $50,000 under the Emergency Support Window for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Communities Impacted by COVID19 via E-consult on November 23, 2020

Based on on-going discussions with partners on the ground in ASM areas, data collected on the impacts of COVID-19, and proposals submitted under Round 1, EGPS will focus on the following themes for Round 2:

  • Support to revitalisation of trade and value chains, with a focus on scaling up country pilots, trialing new models at a country level and looking towards regional solutions.
  • Women as critical agents of formalization. Specifically, women-led solutions by women's mining cooperatives and associations.  
  • Improving access to finance focusing on due diligence, formalisation and baseline studies on optimal financial models for mining cooperatives. 
  • Scaling up outreach and capacity building to prevent COVID-19 transmission in the mines. 
  • Expanding gemstone marketing strategies for small-scale miners. Preference will be given to digital efforts that bring miners from several countries together to educate and learn from one another. 
  • Building resilience of mining entities through village savings groups and other forms of cooperative savings models. 
  • Increase level of understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 on ASM in Southern Africa. 
  • Enhancing health and safety standards applied at mines, with emphasis on application of a progressive set of standards across several mines and countries.

In addition to the above themes, EGPS will set aside a portion of Round 2 funding for small grants (under $50,000). This funding can be for follow-on activities to current Round 1 awardees or for new interventions focusing on research and innovation. 

Eligible Locations: Countries eligible for Round 2 will be defined based on the themes above.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria 

In each proposal, should government entities be partners or beneficiaries, letters of support from the relevant government entities must be included in the submission. Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification.

Consortiums are welcome. Consortiums which include ASM associations, networks and cooperatives will be viewed favorably. 

Readiness to implement immediately is a key selection criterion. Applicants should have staff secured and in place to commence activities as soon as the grant is awarded. Applications that do not have staff secured at the time of their proposal submission will be disqualified.


Round 2 will be administered using the World Bank's E-consult platform. Familiarise your organisation with its operation. Registration is required and should be done early to be eligible to apply. 

Individual calls for Expressions of Interest (EOI) corresponding to the themes above will be released under E-Consult from November 23, 2020. The process will be phased with an EOI submitted first.  The EOI will contain budget estimates for the activity. 

For any questions, please send an email with “NOTICE: ASM COVID-19 Window call for proposal” in the subject line to egps@worldbank.org.