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The IGF publishes blogs by Secretariat staff and guest authors on important issues for mining countries and other stakeholders. These blogs do not represent the views or opinions of the IGF Secretariat or its member countries.

Six Key Factors for Successful ASM Formalization

IGF and IIED recently launched a joint report entitled Global ASM Progress: A Review of Key Numbers and Issues, highlighting a number of topics, including six key factors for successful ASM formalization.

Financial Modeling of Mining Projects: A Tool for Optimizing the Financial Benefits of the Mining Sector

The financial model of a project is one of the most important documents a mining company will submit as part of a package of documents to get a mining license in most mineral-rich countries. However, this valuable tool seems to be underused by develo ...

Four Ways to Empower Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Explore four ways gendered impacts of artisanal and small-scale mining can be minimized while promoting economic independence for women artisanal miners.

Paradise Lost? Tax Avoidance in the Headlines, and in the Mining Sector

Alexandra Readhead explores how and why developing country governments need to confront tax base erosion and profit shifting in the mining sector.

The Importance of Understanding the Financial Flows of ASM

ASM is a complex economic sector with implications on economic growth, and social and environmental impacts, on rural poor communities.