The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is happy to announce that the partnership will fund 4 extra projects in 2019. This makes a total of 11 awarded projects so far.
The 4 selected projects are located in South America and Africa, covering the mineral scope of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. Two projects have an explicit gender focus.
Women in mining
In Colombia, in the conflict and high risk area of Chocó, a project for sustainable gold was awarded. The long-term objective of this project is to portray women in artisanal mining as active leaders in territorial environmental governance and peacebuilding. In Zimbabwe, a project focusing on gold, was awarded. The long-term goal of this project is to promote women led responsible, safe and profitable gold mining in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector in Zimbabwe.
In Uganda and in the DRC, a project received funding which concentrates on conflict minerals; tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The aim of the project is to promote responsible practices and standards in the exploitation of the minerals in Uganda in accordance with the OECD and ICGLR Frameworks.
Finally, in Burkina Faso and in Bolivia a due diligence project will receive funding, targeting the minerals tantalum and gold. The goal is to scale responsible sourcing, by placing operators at the centre of the process while securing compliance with the OECD Guidance.
A more detailed description of the 4 awarded projects can be found on the official website of EPRM.