According to the bank website, The project is aligned with the Africa Mining Vision (AMV)5 which recognises Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) as an important sector for socio-economic development. The AMV articulates the need to formalize ASM and upscale programmes to upgrade knowledge, skills and technology in the ASM sector; mainstream ASM into poverty reduction strategies; ensure gender equality; eliminate child labour; stimulate partnership with government and large-scale mining to facilitate access to technology, skills, knowledge and markets; and strengthen ASM associations.
The key expected project impact and outcomes are: (i) ASM related data available for natural resource policy development; (ii) Improved regulation of the ASM sector; (iii) Strengthened institutional capacity to manage the ASM sub sector; (iv) Enhanced capacity of ASMs for efficient and sustainable mining and processing practices; (v) ASMs integrated into the formal economy in targeted areas; (vi) Improved health, safety & security issues in ASM and (vii) reduction in environmental degradation, especially deforestation, pollution and siltation of water courses and mercury emissions from mining operations.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
You can submit an information request for project information at: https://www.afdb.org/en/disclosure-and-access-to-information/request-for-documents. Under the AfDBÕs Disclosure and Access to Information policy, if you feel the Bank has omitted to publish information or your request for information is unreasonably denied, you can file an appeal at https://www.afdb.org/en/disclosure-and-access-to-information/appeals-process.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AfDB
The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM), which is administered by the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an African Development Bank (AfDB)-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the IRM, it may assist you by either seeking to address your problems by facilitating a dispute resolution dialogue between you and those implementing the project and/or investigating whether the AfDB complied with its policies to prevent environmental and social harms. You can submit a complaint electronically by emailing email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about the IRM and how to file a complaint at: https://www.afdb.org/en/independent-review-mechanism/