About Open Extractives
The Open Extractives Programme aims to contribute to improving the working environment for artisanal small scale miners as well as to build on the body of knowledge for the achievement of Kenya’s policy goals towards the Artisanal Small Scale Mining industry.
The Open Institute carried out a scoping study of Kenya’s extractives sector across several counties. The study informed Open Institute’s work and interventions with respect to artisanal small scale mining potential and the need to create a conducive ecosystem to foster its development. Through the study we learnt that:
Throughout extractives conversations, small scale miners are often left out in policy conversations and matters affecting them – to the extent that they, on the whole, remain unaware of policy discussions around their work.
There are significant socio-economic benefits to be reaped from small scale mining such as reducing poverty, creating alternative economies as well as contributing to the national incomes and state revenues.
Through the scoping study conducted, we discovered that there exist certain gaps for effective policy making within the artisanal small scale mining sector, namely:
Lack of Data
No official figures exist in the sector in the country of the number of persons carrying out small scale mining. The lack of data makes it hard for small and medium enterprises to grow, as there’s no data on the number of small scale miners, their needs and priorities.
Lack of Knowledge
Middlemen or brokers’ businesses are thriving on the account of a lack of knowledge on the part of the small scale miners who do not know the true value of minerals mined. These small scale miners often lose out on large earnings, while those that make some money lack the financial literacy on how to manage this newfound wealth.
Lack of Access to Markets
Small scale miners lack direct access to international markets and good prices for the minerals mined.
The Open Extractives Programme has the following key goals:
Outcomes that we hope for
Visibility of Miners’ Issues
The largest gaps that are being experienced in the small scale mining sector are that there is little information that the government is collecting and collating that can help these unique communities and their livelihoods. We aim to simply make sure that their issues are highlighted to the relevant government departments so that the communities survive.
Build on the body of knowledge
We aim to increase available knowledge of how small scale mining can continue to be a viable endeavour for these communities and what innovative ways might emerge for citizen advocacy and agency.
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