Modernizing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Harnessing new technologies for sustainable development

How will emerging technologies affect the artisanal and small-scale mining sector?

By Nellie Mutemeri, Nydia Ponnan on May 14, 2024

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of ASM’s current state, including tools, techniques, and technologies across the mining life cycle, along with addressing crosscutting issues like monitoring and enforcement, occupational health and safety, access to finance, and access to information.

Distinguishing between artisanal and small-scale mining, the study then examines newly developed, phase-specific technologies. It assesses the benefits, opportunities, and policy options linked to emerging technologies in ASM. It provides insights regarding worker safety, reducing mercury use, improving traceability, and establishing robust mineral value chains. Additionally, the research includes a gap analysis of new technologies that identifies crucial areas for advancement to drive sustainable development within the industry.