On July 18th, the World Bank launched a global data collection survey to assess how the needs of ASM miners and communities have or have not changed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The global survey expands upon the rapid response assessment performed in 2020 by engaging with 33 partner organizations collecting data in 31 countries.
Data collection partners will be surveying mine-site level stakeholders (e.g., artisanal miners, service providers, etc.) through a combination of phone-based and in-person interview to understand the state of ASM communities now two years removed from the start of the pandemic. A standardized short form survey has been developed by Delve and deployed through Kobo Toolbox in four different languages (English, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish). The 2022 survey was designed to focus on similar research areas as the 2020 survey including: i) health & safety ii) food security iii) gender dynamics iv) security v) service delivery/government engagement vi) mineral supply chains vii) economic shocks viii) future priorities.
Data collection will occur from July through September with results expected to be published in October through the Delve platform and future online and in-person events including the “Business Unusual: What Future for ASM post Covid-19?” international conference. The outcome of the data collection is intended to provide updated snapshots into the dynamics and needs of ASM communities as we consider the pandemic’s evolution, prepare for future shocks, and inform policies and interventions needed to support the sector’s contribution to global development. Stay tuned for further announcements regarding the survey efforts and outputs.
Data Collection Partners