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Scenario Planning with small-scale gold miners in Busia District (Uganda)

Gold miners debated the paramount important and uncertain drivers of ASGM in relation to sustainability and envisioned four worlds and one priority accordingly Esther van de Camp This painting visualizes four worlds that small-scale gold miners in Busia District, Uganda, have envisioned for 2042. The worlds cover the extremes of the most important and most…
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Reunited at last! News from the Gold Matters workshop

After two years of virtual co-working, Gold Matters project members reunited for an end of project workshop held in mid-May at the Nordic African Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. At the workshop they explored their learning from the project and refined its key conclusions Luciana Massaro Finally, we met again! The Gold Matters members reunited after…
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For the generations that are not yet born

One day we will have left images and information that will allow people in the future to see where we are today and why they are who they are, in whatever future we have created for them. So, the photograph becomes part of cultural history in the making Nii Obodai works with photography, audio and…
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Exploring images, perceptions and transformations of small-scale gold mining: a transcontinental dialogue from different perspectives

Under the curatorship of Prof. Sabine Luning and with the participation of all members of the GM project, the virtual exhibition “Gold Matters – From Africa to the Amazon” captures images, aesthetics, and the description of mining landscapes, technologies, and actors Jorge Calvimontes and Luciana Massaro Contemporary challenges, such as climate and environmental change, the…
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Sustainable Small-Scale Gold Mining? On the promises and politics of sustainable extraction

The Gold Matters project and the Infrastructure, Sustainability and Commons Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam co-organized a panel on the relationship between small-scale gold mining and sustainability, taking place at the XVII International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability Luciana Massaro and Jesse Jonkman Coffee-breaks, social dinners, post-session drinks… It is often in…
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The Art of Co-Labouring: Christophe Sawadogo, Painter

In Christophe Sawadogo’s art projects co-labouring means teaming-up with artistic and artisanal experts of local communities to jointly address societal concerns Sabine Luning Christophe Sawadogo, a painter working in Ouagadougou, is a key member of the Gold Matters Team.  The themes of his artistic work, his commitment to address societal issues and his position on…
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Beyond mercury? ASGM and the shift to cyanide in Burkina Faso

Technological innovation in ASGM does not only occur through voluntarist interventions aimed at promoting cleaner production, but also as a consequence of transformations in the political economy of resource extraction. In Burkina Faso, the diffusion of cyanide has determined a shift away from mercury-based processing techniques and reshaped the organization of production in artisanal mining…
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#Reset2021 – Maintaining Transdisciplinary Teamwork through a Pandemic

Eleanor Fisher, lead researcher for the “Gold Matters” project, reflects on change to trans-disciplinary team working through the pandemic, underlining how we need all our energy, trans-disciplinary skills, and imaginations to capture opportunities for sustainable transformation. Our three year, “Gold Matters” project examines the potential for transformations to sustainability in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining…
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Global Gold Production Touching Ground: The Gold Matters participation to the book

Eight researchers from the Gold Matters recently participated as contributing authors tothe book “Global Gold Production Touching Ground: Expansion, Informalization, and TechnologicalInnovation” edited by Sara Geenen and Boris Verbrugge. Luciana Massaro Adopting a global viewpoint, this book shows how large and small-scale gold mining are both integral part of the global gold production system. Twelve…
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Covid-19 for garimpeiros in Brazil: coping and cooperation

  For gold mining communities in the Brazilian Amazon, responses to Covid-19 is two sided: on the one hand, the vulnerability of small-scale gold miners (garimpeiros) is exposed, while on the other their capacity to find coping solutions is revealed. Edit   Luciana Massaro, Marjo de Theije, Jorge Calvimontes    Mining is an essential activity “Unfortunately,…
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