Sustainable Development of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Indonesia

Reporting Organization:Artisanal Gold Council
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 8,686,264
Timeframe: August 14, 2015 - September 30, 2020
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Artisanal Gold Council

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Indonesia - $ 8,686,264.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (15.00 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Environment & Climate Change (55.00 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (30.00 %)

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The project aims to improve incomes, health, and the environment of the vulnerable and marginalized men and women dependent on the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) economy in targeted areas in Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Java and Sulawesi. The project improves mining, environmental and social practices for men and women involved in the ASGM, including identifying alternatives to mercury use and training on safe handling of cyanide. The project also supports targeted subnational governments to better collaborate with the formal extractive sector and supports the formalization of ASGM activities through legal trade of responsible artisanal gold and value-added products in domestic and international markets. Activities include: (1) provide training on better practices for men and women miners; (2) provide training to targeted government and civil society groups on ASGM regulation and management; and (3) establish collaborative mechanisms with other relevant initiatives promoting responsible gold and diversification of the ASGM economy. This initiative supports the Government of Indonesia’s implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury, which both Canada and Indonesia signed in 2013.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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3 infrastructure built
2 Memorandum of Understandings Signed
2 Action plans launched
3 women co-operatives established
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved environmental, health, and social practices adopted and implemented by men and women gold miners and service providers in targeted areas; (2) improved artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) policy and technical environment in targeted provinces; and (3) increased participation by private sector and civil society in a responsible and legal ASGM sector.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of (March 2020) include: (1) installed three mercury-free processing equipment tailored to each site’s conditions and are operational in Tatelu, Tobongon, North Sulawesi, Parenggean and Central Kalimantan; (2) an Artisanal and Small Gold Mining (ASGM) co-operative in Tatelu signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a legal gold buyer and concluded the sale of 0.5 kilograms of responsible gold; (3) the Provincial Regulations and the Standard Operating Procedure on ASGM were in place in North Sulawesi and Central Kalimantan to facilitate the formalization of ASGMs; (4) the provinces of North Sulawesi and Central Kalimantan launched the Governor Decree on Regional Action Plan on Mercury Reduction and Elimination through intensive project facilitation; (5) two co-operatives in Tatelu and Parenggean and a village-own enterprise (BUMDes) in Tobongan strengthened to manage the three mercury-free gold processing facilities sustainably; (6) three women co-operatives in three project areas were formally established and strengthened as a vehicle for women’s economic empowerment; (7) a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Indonesian Commission for Children Protection to follow up on the project’s Child Labour Rapid Assessment and raise miners’ and parents’ awareness of children’s rights.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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