In November 2018, a workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Malawi was held in Lilongwe. Topics included health and safety, formalisation, socio-economic characteristics, value addition, the mineral processing techniques, environmental issues, and how to discover deposits and organise a mining site. T
All the presenters prepared a chapter for a handbook that is currently being finalised. The draft version is available here.
The workshop was aimed at staff from the Geological Survey Department, Department of Mines, Cadastre Office, Environmental Affairs Department, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Malawian EITI as well as small-scale mining organisations and universities.
All the presentations are now available online and can we watched on YouTube.
Further information is available here. Check out my presentation (with PhD researcher Josh Sandin) and book chapter on the socio-economic characteristics of artisanal and small-scale mining in Malawi – quite a challenge with the lack of data and research.
The workshop was organised under the PanAfGeo for “Pan-African Support to the EuroGeoSurveys-Organisation of African Geological Surveys (EGS-OAGS) Partnership”. Financed by the European Commission and a consortium of 12 European Geological Surveys, PanAfGeo supports the training of geoscientific staff from African Geological Surveys.