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Karen Hayes has worked on governance, conflict and development issues in the mining sector for almost twenty years, with a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). She has been with the Washington-based NGO, Pact, since 2005 where she is the Vice President for the ‘Mines to Markets’ Signature Initiative. Karen has designed and delivered mining and development projects for companies, governments and donors in over 20 countries and currently oversees the most diverse, field-focused, mining and development portfolio of any NGO globally. This portfolio includes the iTSCi conflict-free mineral traceability scheme in the Great Lakes Region, the largest responsible mineral sourcing program for artisanal miners in the world. Karen serves on multiple advisory and coordination bodies in the responsible mining sector and is a regular speaker at international events. She has a special focus on programs for women in mining, prevention of child labor in mining, local business engagement and solutions for ASM, responsible mineral sourcing, mining impacts on health, and decent work. Prior to working at Pact, Karen was an independent consultant working for a variety of clients including the United Nations, NGOs and businesses on responsible mineral sourcing, the impact of mining on biodiversity, and NGO-Corporate partnerships. She also worked for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for many years. Karen has a degree in science from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from the University of Cambridge Business School.

Resource Library Contributions

Women in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Author: Karen Hayes, Dr. Rachel Perks
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Year: 1969

The paper highlights the role of women in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining labor force and illustrates how this is essential in the transitions from an informal and unregulated sector historically associated with war and corruption into a more efficient and formal labor economy. This chapter focuses on women who work and li...

2008 Regional Workshop: Small-scale Mining in Africa - A Case for Sustainable Livelihood

Author: Karen Hayes
Publisher: Common Fund for Commodities
Publication Year: 1969

This study addresses the problem by looking at the interaction of the complex network of issues affecting the ASM sector and its contribution to poverty alleviation. This includes the subjects of government policies and regulations, issues of international trade and competitiveness, certification, regional cooperation, gend...