The Sustainable Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (Sust-ASM) project is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to support the development of a more responsible and inclusive gemstone mining in Kenya. The project team is cross-disciplinary with academics from the social sciences, engineering, health and humanities in the UK and Kenya. We draw on the local knowledge, skills and technologies of miners and mining stakeholders (i.e. the national and local governments, mining associations, community based organisations, non-governmental organizations, local communities and religious organisations) to co-create context driven bottom-up solutions that mitigate the impact of ASM activities on the natural environment (SDG13), occupational health and safety (SDG3.9; SDG8.8), and the social inclusion and well-being of miners and local communities (SDG8, SDG3, SDG1).
The main project location for this project is Taita Taveta County. The main researchers are based at Nottingham University, UK. The UK-based researchers are working in collaboration with colleagues at Taita Taveta University
The key intention of this project is to support the development of responsible and sustainable Artisanal and small-scale Gemstone mining and small-scale mining for social and economic development in Taita Taveta.
The project adopts a bottom-up research methodology, namely, Cultural Animation. This elevates the voice of mining communities and promotes dialogue and cooperation with other stakeholders to co-create a more responsible and inclusive ASM sector in Kenya.
Promoting dialogue and cooperation among gemstone mining stakeholders in Taita Taveta. The final meeting of this series will be held on 04/12/2020 at the same venue.
Promoting dialogue and cooperation among gemstone mining stakeholders
A 2 day Mining Stakeholders Cultural Animation Workshop in Voi. The cultural animation workshop brought together mining stakeholders in Taita Taveta County on 13th and 14th of November, 2019. The stakeholders included artisanal and small-scale miners, the County Government, the National Government, civil society organizations, community-based mining organizations, academia, mining associations, and religious organizations. The participants used songs, dances, story-telling, observations, and interviews to discuss and map out a sustainable mining future in Taita Taita.
The SustASM Research Team paying a courtesy call to Prof. Fred Simiyu Baraza, Vice Chancellor Taita Taveta University. From left to right: Prof. Mihaela Kelemen, Dr. Judy Muthuri, Prof. Baraza, Dr. Lara Bianchi, Ms. Sue Moffat and Eng. Arthur Ndegwa.