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The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) supports governments to advance good mining governance for the betterment of communities, economies, and the environment.

We help governments around the globe further gender equality, support livelihoods, manage ecosystems, and optimize social and financial benefits in large and small-scale mining operations.

Our Work

We help governments strengthen their laws and policies to achieve their short and long-term sustainable development goals.

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Effective and inclusive ASM management helps governments realize gender equality, economic prosperity, and social development while safeguarding the environment.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments

ESIAs are a key tool for governments to anticipate and manage how mining operations affect communities and natural landscapes over the full life cycle of a mine.

Environmental Management

Effective environmental management regimes focus on key priorities such as water, biodiversity, mine waste, and emergency preparedness and response throughout mine development.

Gender Equality

As a driving force for sustainable livelihoods, communities, and environments, women’s meaningful participation in mining is critical to move the sector towards sustainability.

Local Content Policies

Policy-makers can use local content policies for inclusive, gender-equitable, and sustainable socio-economic development for governments, companies, and communities alike.

Mine Closure and Post-Mining Transition

Well-planned and executed mine closure and post-mining land use helps governments foster environmental integrity and the well-being of local communities.

New Technologies

New mining technologies are rapidly transforming the mining sector with major implications for workers, communities, companies, and governments.

Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting

Addressing gaps in existing national and international tax helps governments maximize revenues from mining to promote sustainable development goals.


Global Conference on The Future of Resource Taxation

Bringing together officials from ministries of mining, finance, and revenue authorities as well as industry, civil society, academia, and international organizations.
June 26, 2023
to June 28, 2023
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PDAC Side Event | Gender Impact Assessments: Breaking the…

The IGF and GAC hosted a side event during the 2023 PDAC convention to discuss gender impact assessments.
March 05, 2023
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IGF at 2023 Mining Indaba

The IGF will participate in various engagements during the 2023 Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
February 06, 2023
to February 09, 2023
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December 19, 2022

Critical Minerals Trends: Broad strokes becoming clear, details difficult to predict

Critical minerals demand projections do not factor in evolving technologies, efforts to find mineral substitutes to reduce geopolitical risks, and recycling may affect the demand for critical minerals.

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July 18, 2022

Investing in the Women Working in ASM is the Only Way Forward

Any effort to make ASM more economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable must address the acute challenges facing women in the sector.

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June 14, 2022

How Will Women Fit Into the Mining Workforce of the Future?

Why does Gender Equality in the Mining Workforce Matter?

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Zimbabwe joins the IGF to Strengthen Mining Governance

Zimbabwe has joined the IGF, representing the 81st country to become a member of the voluntary initiative.
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Togo Joins the IGF to Support Sustainable Economic Growth

Togo has become the 80th member country of the IGF.
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Illicit Financial Flows and Conflict in Artisanal and Small-Scale…

A new report examines artisanal mining in border areas plagued by conflict and presents recommendations for policy-makers in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.
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Our Impact

Our work creates policy solutions for a more sustainable mining sector.

IGF and OECD experts with government officials in Guinea

Establishing a Reference Price for Bauxite Gets Fair Returns for Guinea

The IGF worked with Guinea to establish a benchmark price for bauxite.

Transfer Pricing Audit Capacity Pays Dividends for Mongolia

The IGF partnered with international organizations to help Mongolia strengthen revenue collection from its mining sector.

Laying the Foundation for Mine Closure Legislation in Argentina

The IGF played an instrumental role in establishing national guidelines for mine closure policies in Argentina.

Fostering Advocates for Gender and Mining Governance in 133 Nations

Our expanded e-learning course reached a wider audience, including French- and Spanish-speaking participants in Latin America and West Africa.

Driving Mining Policy Improvement Across West Africa

Since 2015, the IGF Secretariat has trained more than 250 senior public officials from the UEMOA region in 11 workshops on various themes based on the expressed needs of the participant