Artisanal and small-scale goldmining
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is an important livelihood activity that employs an estimated 10 million miners and may support, directly and indirectly, as many as 100 million persons worldwide. In Suriname, ASGM accounts for more than half of national gold production. The sector directly employs an estimated 20,000 persons as small-scale gold miners plus a similar number of mining service providers.
So cial Solutions supports governments and NGOs in efforts to collect information about, and provide services to, ASGM populations. In Suriname, Social Solutions has conducted general assessments of ASGM populations in specific regions, including a national protected area [HYPERLINK TO MINING IN BROWNSBERG REPORT], as well as more targeted studies. These targeted studies include regular monitoring studies for the Suriname government Looking for Gold, Finding Malaria program, as well as a Seroprevalence and Behavioral Surveillance Survey among commercial sex workers and their clients at mine sites. Outside of Suriname, Social Solutions researchers have worked with artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities in Mongolia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia and Colombia.
Presently Social Solutions assists the Suriname Gold Company LLC (Surgold) with the design and execution of a community engagement program with and for artisanal and small-scale gold miners in and around the Merian Right of Exploitation.