World Bank and Pact partner to launch artisanal mining database

The World Bank and non-profit organisation Pact have published a report on the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, which aims to create a ‘global platform’ to better collect accurate and reliable information from the industry.

The report, titled State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector, highlights the extent of a ‘global data gap’ in the global ASM industry and draws from online database Delve, which will collect data from existing reports into the sector.

This data will then be presented in both its raw and graphical form, enabling users to upload their own work to the records. Delve will also feature a directory of industry experts to help in understanding the data collected.

“ASM is perhaps the only sector where practitioners and policy makers alike need better access to complete, accurate, and reliable data,” said the report. “Without this, the mission to make ASM understood to a general audience is simply too overwhelming to consider.

“Today, the ASM sector faces a wide-ranging global data gap. This gap is defined by the near total absence of national and subnational baseline exercises that collect qualitative and/or quantitative data, and the corresponding lack of data shared collectively in the public domain.”

The report found that around 40 million people work in the ASM sector around the world, with the industry particularly common in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.