National Workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Illicit Financial Flows, and Conflict in Niger

This workshop for government officials in Niger promoted a national dialogue on ASM governance challenges related to illicit financial flows and conflict.

June 12, 2022

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) organized a workshop on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), illicit financial flows (IFFs), and conflict in March 2022 in Niamey, Niger.

The workshop was funded and supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and had the following objectives:

  • Explore through open discussions and working groups the current responses, gaps, and challenges in the governance of the ASM sub-sector, conflict, crime, and IFFs.
  • Promote interministerial and stakeholder dialogue in Niger.
  • Provide a basis for developing an action plan to improve ASM governance in Niger.
  • Discuss the basis for a regional response to illicit financial flows.

This report details the 3-day workshop that included exchanges of knowledge, experience sharing, and rich discussions that led participants to formulate several recommendations for policy-makers to reduce illicit financial flows and conflict linked to ASM activities.