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Nationwide Baseline Study on the Development of Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining in Nigeria

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) activities in Nigeria will continue for at least as long as poverty and opportunity drives them and therefore a pro-poor strategic approach for the development of the sector is vital. Past Wardell Armstrong reports have emphasised the fact that if the informal ASM sector is to be turned into an economically viable industry that provides a net benefit to all concerned, including the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), real and affirmative reform is required. All future implementation plans should have an emphasis on the actual labourers and miners (especially women) and community development rather than merely control, cooperatisation, technology, added value, and production increases.

This reported was informed by two periods of in country field research; 12 January – 10 February 2008 and 16 February – 10 March 2008. The consultant travelled to 101 ASM sites in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The research focused on a number of key areas; development of a socio-economic baseline; mining and quarrying methods; institutional capacity of the ASM Department; legal and political context; value addition, beneficiation and mineral markets and microfinance.

Additional Info

Publication Year
2008
Language
English
Publishing Institution Webpage
https://www.wardell-armstrong.com/
Data Source Classification
Program Report
Research Type
Both
Research Methodology
Primary - INTERVIEW, Primary - OBSERVATION, Primary - SURVEY, Secondary - PREVIOUS RESEARCH, Secondary - OFFICIAL STATISTICS
Thematic Tags
Political, Conflict, Formalization, Governance, Supply Chains, Economic, Business Models, Export, Finance, Government Revenue, Income, Market Linkages, Social, Community, Employment, Gender, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Labor and Working Conditions, Livelihoods, Armed Conflict/Criminality, Technological, Mine Life Cycle, Legal, Land Rights, Laws and Regulations, Licensing, Mineral Rights, Tax, Environmental, Deforestation, Degradation, Land, Pollution, Reclamation, Waste Management, Water
Minerals
Cassiterite, Coltan, Gemstones, Gold, Tantalum
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Nigeria
Last Updated
June 25, 2021