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LEARNING: How to deal with artisanal and small scale miners

COLOMBIA – On March 11, 2015, The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), launched its new e-learning platform offering online courses aimed at people who work or interact with the artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) sector and want to...


COLOMBIA – On March 11, 2015, The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), launched its new e-learning platform offering online courses aimed at people who work or interact with the artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) sector and want to improve their understanding of it. The platform, part of ARM’s Capacity Building Centre is available in Spanish.

“We want to help miners find the local technical support they need and that is why the Capacity Building Center seeks to strengthen the expertise available in their territories. The Center also creates links between local governments, institutions and companies to facilitate formalization processes and the inclusion of ASM in the mining sector,” said Lina Villa, ARM executive director.

In its initial stage, the site provides modules in gender and community, in conflict identification and management, and in the Fairmined certification system. The Capacity Building Center is in the process of developing additional modules and also offers tailor made training and toolkits.

The central themes of the training are based in the responsible mining practices of the Fairmined Standard, which promotes business development and social and environmental responsibility in small scale mining operations. Up until now, the Center has accredited its first group of 25 Fairmined trainers in Latin America and it is expected that this network of technical experts will expand in November 2015.

The development of the platform has been made possible by co-operation agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF); Fundación Ayuda; Fondo de Acción Ambiental y para la Niñez, among others.

For more information about the Capacity Building Center and the new platform, click here or send an email to centro@responsiblemines.org.

CMJ readers are urged to pass along this information to Spanish speaking colleagues and friends.


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