COVID-19 Impact on ASM News about how COVID-19 is affecting artisanal and small scale mining in the world

Delve COVID-19 Impact Reporting Initiative Begins

On May 4, 2020 Delve announced plans to launch a rapid response global data gathering exercise to better understand the possible impacts COVID-19 is having in artisanal and small-scale mining communities. An open call was issued for interested parties to participate in the data gathering exercise.

We are proud to announce that as of June 10th, 2020 over 14 partner organizations responded to the call, with many already having started data collection in earnest. Partners will cover 22 ASM countries through phone-based interviews primarily with mine-site level stakeholders (e.g. artisanal miners, service providers, etc.) to understand how COVID-19 related restrictions are impacting the economic and social lives of miners and their families. A standardized short form survey has been developed by Delve and deployed through Kobo Toolbox.

Data collection efforts began in select countries the week of June 1 with the full group of partners starting collecting data the week of June 8. The survey will be conducted on a biweekly basis until the end of July.

The outcome of the data collection exercise is intended to fill existing gaps on how rural, mining communities may be impacted by the pandemic, and therefore inform how, as a global community of practitioners, we may more effectively respond in the short and medium term. Data will be displayed on dashboards and integrated into country profile pages, all for public use. Stay tuned for an announcement next week when the first round of data goes live on Delve.

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