David has over a decades experience of forming and managing partnerships with institutional donors in support of innovative rural livelihoods programmes in both the agricultural and mining sectors. In the last four years, David has raised finance for programmes in particular supporting artisanal and small-scale gold mines in East Africa , in partnership with The Impact Facility. For the last two years, David has led Fairtrade gold at a category level; managing relationships with commercial partners using Fairtrade gold along the supply chain including refiners, manufacturers and end users of gold.
“There is a ‘missing middle’ between the expectations of market actors and the performance levels of the vast majority of ASM sites. The Impact Facility bridges this divide by offering a new way of working for mine sites through the provision of finance and technical support. I’m excited to be connected to The Impact Facility not just because of these mine-level innovations, but also because it opens up new ways for funding partners to drive impact within mining communities, principally through the provision of Impact Investment.”