Golden Myths: Webinar Series

  • Gain a deeper understanding of ASM gold

    Our series of free interactive webinars and informative videos aims to separate fact from fiction, demystifying the myths surrounding the risks, ethics and opportunities of artisanal and small-scale (ASM) gold mining.

Digging for the truth about ASM gold

There are 25 million people around the world working as artisanal and small-scale gold miners, and their work accounts for about 15% of the global supply (Metals Focus 2019).

This represents a trade value of roughly 25 billion dollars and the investment potential is huge. 

Yet, the sector suffers from a dubious reputation among micro-credit financiers, impact investors and the private sector worldwide. Why? And how can we be part of creating fairer, safer and healthier livelihoods for millions of gold miners? 

Hear from the experts

In discussion with experts, you can gain a deeper understanding of a wide range of issues relevant to you, no matter where you find yourself along the value chain: gold refiner, trader, jewellery brand, electronic brand, impact investor or donor. 

We invite you to join the whole series of webinars to gain a comprehensive overview of the most pressing issues facing the artisanal and small-scale gold supply chain today, or just dip in and out for the subjects most relevant to your interests. 

Designed and facilitated by Solidaridad and The Impact Facility.

  • Golden Myths webinar #1: Fact vs. Fiction

    Kirsten Hund (World Bank), Carla Neefs (Solidaridad) and David Sturmes (The Impact Facility) kicked off the webinar series on 22 April. All webinar recordings will be made available to watch on our YouTube channel.

  • Webinar #2: ASM & national economies in Africa

    In our second webinar, we discussed the benefits of ASM gold mining to national economies in Africa with Yaw Britwum Opoku (Solidaridad West Africa) and Bwesigye Don Binyina (Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy) in Uganda. David Sturmes (The Impact Facility) facilitated the discussion.

  • Webinar #3: Mercury in ASM gold processing

    In our third webinar, we dived into the topic of mercury use in ASM gold processing, with the experts Barbara Hendus (IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands), Susan Keane (Natural Resources Defence Council), and Cyrus Njonde Maina (The Impact Facility). David Sturmes (The Impact Facility) facilitated the discussion.

  • Webinar #4: Gender & ASM gold

    In this fourth webinar, we looked at the empowerment of women in ASM gold. Our webinar speakers: Marlijn Lelieveld (Simavi), Elizabeth Echavarria (Solidaridad Colombia), and Katrine Danielsen (KIT). Rebecca Kaduru (Solidaridad North America) facilitated the discussion.

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To be continued

We will soon continue with the following webinars. Keep an eye on this page and our social media for latest updates!

    • ASM and the challenge of eliminating child labour
    • From mine to market: Digging deep into the gold value chain
    • How can artisanal and small-scale gold mining benefit national economies in South America? A global perspective
    • Responsible gold: Raising the standards in artisanal and small-scale gold mining 
    • Access to finance for artisanal and small-scale gold miners: Difficulties and solutions 
    • Investing in artisanal and small-scale gold mining: Removing the high risk factor