The Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Forum (MSDF) on Sustainable Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in Taita Taveta County, a first of its kind in the County, was launched on the 2nd October 2020 at the Vacani Resort in Voi. The MSDF's goal is to foster collaboration and partnerships among gemstone mining stakeholders to co-create a more accountable, inclusive and responsible gemstone ASM Sub-sector in Taita Taveta County.
The mining industry is one of the major economic activities offering employment and income to residents in the gemstone-rich areas of Taita Taveta County. Yet it is characterized by lack of accountability resulting into mistrust; poor resource governance; lack of collaboration among key stakeholders; limited resources; human-wildlife conflict; poor infrastructure; health and wellbeing issues; lack of skills and knowledge on mining techniques, market and financial literacy, value addition among other challenges.
Thirty-five (35) representatives of key mining stakeholders came together to discuss the research findings from data gathered during the Cultural Animations workshops and interviews conducted between November 2019 to March 2020, and deliberate strategies to address the aforementioned sustainability challenges the sector faced.
The representatives in attendance included;
International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham NG8 1BB