Bio

Jorden de Haan is a development professional from the Netherlands, specialized in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), formalization and socio-economic development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a MSc in Local Governance and Development (University of Antwerp) and has conducted field research in the Eastern DRC, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Eritrea and South Africa. Jorden currently works as a program officer with Pact’s Mines to Market programme, where he works on programme development and project implementation in ASGM in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the last few years, he has worked as a consultant with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva and in Nairobi. As part of this work, he has supported African countries in executing National Action Plan projects for reducing mercury use in the ASGM sector, and he has developed didactic materials on youth and peacebuilding. In addition, he has provided the Africa Institute for the Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous and Other Wastes, UN Environment and various countries with technical assistance in addressing ASGM issues. Jorden is also the lead author of the UNITAR & UN Environment "Handbook for Developing National ASGM Formalization Strategies within National Action Plans", also know as the Formalization Handbook.