Tools, Reporting & Case Studies

Below you find an overview of various tools, research reports and case studies compiled by the TIF Team as part of our work on various commodity supply chains. We believe that by sharing these resources, we can controbute to mitigating the duplication of efforts and focus attention on the further development and action on the ground, rather than maintaining parallel processes.

Gold

ESG Performance & Risk Management Handbook for Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining

As part of our Lake Victoria Gold Programme, we developed a handbook guiding the continuous improvement of ASMO’s along what we call the Impact Escalator.

Impact Monitoring & Guidance

Our Impact Monitoring & Guidance structures our efforts to quantify the positive impact of our interventions. Please note, we plant to update this tool in early 2021.

Reports & Case Studies

Please find below a selection of research reports written by members of the TIF staff.

Unlocking Finance for Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining
Currently, ASGM is largely financed by the informal economy with a finance-first mandate, which priorities commercial financial returns and has little or no regard for environmental, social or governance (ESG) considerations, including mercury reduction or elimination. To date, formal finance reaching the ASGM sector has generally been restricted to donor and grant finance, with minimal evidence of finance from commercial lenders, including from impact investors. This paper seeks to assist ASGM programs in accessing finance by better understanding the perspective of investors and the implications of ASGM’s status as a frontier investment sector, and has been written by the Impact Facility team, on behalf of the UN-financed GEF Gold project, set up to eradicate mercury and professionalize ASGM.
Developing a Model for a Sustainable & Scalable Route to Market for Ethically Produced Gold of ASM
This research report aims at establishing a deeper understanding of the Ugandan ASGM value chain, based on case studies focussed on TIF’s project ASMOs in the Busia District of Uganda. It attempts to answer the question of how, where and by whom ASM gold is typically traded and explores how specifically the value chain would need to be (re-)structured and processes at mine level improved to supply the international market with responsible gold.
At the focus of this report stand the case studies zooming in on four mining associations in Eastern-Uganda, visited and interviewed in March 2018.

Cobalt

Digging for Change

TIF started working on issues around ASM cobalt in 2018. Our team travelled to the DRC with a multi-disiplinary team of experts to take stock of the issues around two mmine sites specifically: Kasulu and Kamilombe. This effort evolved into what ias today the Fair Cobalt Alliance. The report offers reflections on challanges around the mines as well as in regards to child labour in the local communities.