The first round for a call for proposals from the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is now open for applications. The EPRM’s objective is to improve the social and economic conditions in which miners and their local communities must live and work, by increasing the number of mines and artisanal miners whose mining practices are responsible.
This is expected to weaken the link between minerals extraction and conflict. The EPRM will fund and support activities designed to improve conditions in and around mines and for the miners concerned in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The activities must be aimed at improving socio-economic conditions. For example, by achieving acceptable working conditions, promoting fair remuneration, prohibiting child labour, avoiding the use of toxic substances, promoting gender balance and avoiding human rights violations.
Call for proposals
From 3rd of July until 19th of September 2017, applications can be submitted by individual organisations or by a lead party on behalf of a consortium. Applicants may be companies, knowledge institutions, public or semi-public bodies, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), regardless of the country in which they are registered.
For more information about the EPRM and the call for proposals, you can visit the EPRM website.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) is the Secretariat of the Partnership and is in charge of its day-to-day activities. It is responsible executing the key roles of the EPRM such as selecting and funding suitable projects, coordinating and convening different supply chain actors and to facilitate research and knowledge sharing by creating a knowledge platform. Moreover, RVO.nl will keep track of the EPRM’s progress towards its goal.