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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.


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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The Future of Resource Taxation: Public consultation

The IGF and ATAF have released 10 innovative policy papers to take mining taxation into the 21st century. These ideas imagine a simpler, fairer, and more participatory system of financi
December 08, 2022
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UNU-WIDER-IGF Webinar | Critical Minerals and Revenue Generation

The IGF and UNU-WIDER's sixth researchers’ seminar on Extractive Industries: Taxation and Revenues.
November 21, 2022
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December 19, 2022

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

Our global society is experiencing unprecedented challenges: humanity’s environmental footprint demands urgent and concerted actions, geopolitical tensions are making everyone nervous about the future of global supply chains, and technological breakthroughs in almost every aspect of life are driving industrial transformation.

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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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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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ASEAN and IGF Finalize Minerals Cooperation Workplan for 2022-2024

The IGF has finalized a 2022-2024 work plan to support member countries of ASEAN.
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Our Impact

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

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

Unlocking Economic Potential in Argentina by Building Financial Modelling Capacity

The IGF helped Argentina to financially model mining development projects to assess how fiscal regimes may be affecting mining investment decisions.

Empowering Officials to Realize the Financial Benefits of Mining in Senegal

We helped Senegal address persistent risks to revenue related to tax base erosion and profit shifting in the mining sector.

Strengthening Uganda’s Legal and Policy Framework

Uganda's new Mining and Mineral Policy reflects the IGF's recommendations on strengthening the legal context, increasing consultation with local communities, and formalizing ASM operati

Growing Skills to Advance Gender Governance in Mining in 90 Countries

The IGF and partners launched a 4-week massive online open course Gender and Mining Governance that reached more 1,300 participants from 90 countries.

A photograph of ASM workshop participants proudly holding their certificates.

One Partnership Impacting 30 Countries: Managing ASM across Africa with PanAfGeo

The IGF and PanAfGeo strengthened capacity to assist and guide ASM miners to adopt safer and more sustainable practices while providing policy-makers with the tools needed to develop na

Helping Honduras Formalize Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners

The IGF played an important role in supporting the Government of Honduras to formalize artisanal and small-scale miners.