Our Project Partners
We believe that the greatest impact to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities will be achieved by pooling resources. Our partnership network enables operational efficiencies, cross-industry learning, and the flow of resources and capital to mining communities.
Strategic partnersInstitutional and corporate supporters that help us design, structure and resource the Impact Facility, connect us with opportunities in the field, and guide us on our future path.
Project developersCivil society organisations, international NGOs, and small businesses that create opportunities for mining communities and work with us to structure projects and programmes combining funding, capacity development and market access.
ImplementorsLocal technical organisations with a background in community development, capacity development, small business advice and value chain development, and with the experience to train ASM mines in best practices, and monitor progress.
Technical expertsIndividuals and dedicated professional groups with years of experience working on multiple technical aspects of small-scale mining including engineering, geology, legal compliance and organisational governance.
Donors and InvestorsGrant providers, foundations, banks and impact investors, keen to find new ways to deliver sustainable solutions in the field and reduce the cost of capital through philanthropic grants, first-loss underwriting, loan finance and technical assistance.
We also have strong associations with leading local, national and global organisations that share our focus and help us implement our projects on the ground.
An independent not-for-profit organisation, the Fairtrade Foundation is the UK’s representative of the global Fairtrade movement, a movement which seeks to empower workers and farmers in developing countries.
The Fairtrade Foundation has been fighting to protect workers’ rights and the environment since 1992 and works with producers in more than 50 different countries. In collaboration with the companies that are part of these producer’s supply chains, the Fairtrade Foundation fights for fairer trading conditions so that disadvantaged workers across the globe can enjoy reliable and sustainable livelihoods.
David Finlay – responsible minerals manager, Fairtrade Foundation.
“We are excited to be working with the Impact Facility especially within the Lake Victoria region of East Africa where we believe this approach will help small-scale mine sites enhance their uptake of responsible mine practices, reduce mercury use and increase their recovery rates of gold. The step-wise approach underpinning the Impact Facility will drive these changes to help mine sites incrementally improve their ESG score up to and including full alignment with Fairtrade certification in the long term, which is exciting news for both miners and businesses interested in the responsible sourcing of gold.”
Solidaridad is an international network of organisations driven by the mission of a sustainable, inclusive economy. Solidaridad Africa is the coordinator for all projects in the continent of Africa.
Founded in 1969, it promotes socially responsible and environmentally conscious transparent supply chains. With regional operations coordinating efforts in East and Central Africa, West Africa, and Southern Africa, Solidaridad Africa focuses on the agricultural and extractive industries to push the agenda of sustainability and a bio-based economy. In collaboration with the Impact Facility and many other investors, Solidaridad Africa is helping pilot initiatives in mines around the Lake Victoria region of East Africa.
Stephen Kithuka – head of programmes at Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa.
“The Impact Facility is gradually assisting mining groups to realise continuous improvement through their unique ESG approach. If asked to comment about their work we’d say, “The Impact Facility is a one stop shop for artisanal gold miners. With the help of the Impact Facility, miners can shine in a way they can’t shine anywhere else. It’s doing for miners what others have failed to do”.
Established in 2005, Fairtrade Africa is the umbrella organisation that represents all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa.
Operating across commodities, Fairtrade Africa works with over one million producers in the continent and focuses on helping companies to provide better working conditions, to offer workers greater control over their futures, and to establish fairer prices and trading standards. Fairtrade Africa instigates change through the creation of a growing global network of producers within the Fairtrade system, and is a project co-developer for some of our projects in East Africa in collaboration with the Impact Facility.
Gonzaga Mungai, project manager, Lake Victoria Gold Programme, Fairtrade Africa
“We have confidence that the investment-led model of the Impact Facility will positively transform the ASM sector. We are piloting this model as it offers a holistic approach to addressing the systemic issues that for many years have seen miners and their communities remain trapped cycles of poverty and exploitation.”
Founded in 1995, Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD) is a registered NGO, and has played an integral role in the social and economic development of Uganda.
Its exclusive purpose is to support underprivileged, vulnerable and economically disadvantaged individuals, families and communities. Its vision is a Uganda free of poverty and disease, home to democratic systems that embrace the underrepresented, and a place where human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. Visit website
Margaret Tuhumwire – director
“EWAD chooses to use the Impact Facility because it has demonstrated that the terms and conditions are user friendly to the artisanal small producers, particularly of gold, who are struggling with very limited capital for investment, and yet aiming at achieving sustainable but responsible mining that is profitable.”
The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) promotes the creation of a just and sustainable society by empowering communities through capacity building, advocacy and service delivery.
NCCK has been involved in the advocacy of just electoral processes in Kenya and has enhanced accountability in governance processes. It also supports rural formalisation activities such as small-scale mining organisations in Migori County where it has delivered capacity-building assistance to businesses and entrepreneurial organisations.
Zack Gaya – regional manager
“The investment led approach spearheaded by The Impact Facility is a game changer in our engagement with the mining community in Migori because it brings the practical angle of mining part from the advocacy work we have been doing. It has the potential of helping the mining communities to benefit more from their mining activities through access to better equipment that will enable them scale up their production, reduce and mitigate exposure to risks to their health and to better take care of their own environment.”
By facilitating grassroots community-led organisations, GROOTS Kenya envisages a world in which women are fairly represented and effectively engaged in development.
One of its core focus areas is the extractive sector where it seeks to enhance women’s socioeconomic empowerment through access to finance, by safeguarding women’s rights and by advocating fair and gender-responsive benefit sharing. GROOTS Kenya is also a member of various advocacy forums at county and national level including the Haki Madini Kenya coalition, the mining stakeholders of Kakamega County, and the Voice for Change Partnership.
Peer Ledger was founded in 2016 with a clear purpose: Use cutting edge blockchain technology to help companies collaborate to protect human rights, improve environmental performance and significantly reduce key risks, such as counterfeiting and safety, in their supply chains.
We do this by using our innovative blockchain platform to provide one consistent view of data to permissioned organizations in value chains, certify the conduct of organizations, make transparent the provenance and protocols used in producing materials, securely document, immediately cross-check, and track and trace materials, components and products from their source, all the way to the customer.
The Foundation for ASM Development (FADev) is an independent non-governmental organisation established to catalyse multi-stakeholder collaboration and knowledge sharing in the United Republic of Tanzania.
FADev aims to promote a formal and legal artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector and ensure that all ASM activities are environmentally and socially responsible. Its mission is to serve as a centre of knowledge, dialogue, communication, partnership and execution to align this impoverished and vulnerable sector with national priorities and sustainable development agendas.
Professor Idris Kikula, chairperson, Mining Commission, United Republic of Tanzania
“There is a great need for an organisation like FADev in Tanzania at this point in time when we have a government that is keen to improve the artisanal and small-scale sector. The government cannot implement all these great plans on its own. Let us forge forces together and make a truly vibrant and exemplary ASM sector in Tanzania!”
Development Gold exists to create a viable and inclusive mining economy in Africa by linking responsible, small-scale gold producers with international markets.
It is formed by and comprises commercial and not-for-profit enterprises all of which are driven by the mission to demonstrate mining as a core, catalytic and responsible sector in sustainable mineral economies. The initiative will result in more resilient and sustainable mining communities, transparent and traceable supply chains, and supply-chain assurance for the off-takers of responsibly produced gold. It will also demonstrate the ability of mining nations to show that gold recovery is a positive driver of sustainable development.
Max Afriyie-Barwuah, Chief Executive, Development Gold International CIC
‘’The small scale-mining sector is responsible for approximately 35% of Ghana’s gold production and supports millions of livelihoods. The Government has recently embarked on a comprehensive programme to reform the sector in line with the SDG’s. We have embraced The Impact Facility and their investment led model as it enables us to adopt a holistic approach towards sustainable mineral development. Formalisation of mining co-operatives, alongside their technical capacity development and institutional strengthening are also key features of Development Gold. Our partnership will enable participating mines to optimise their productivity and facilitate routes to market for responsible gold from sub-Saharan Africa.’’