Aidenvironment helped Fairtrade improve the Livelihoods of Small-Scale Gold Miners in Africa

Since 2009, Fairtrade International runs a program for Fairtrade Gold for which they developed a Fairtrade and Fairmined standard and corresponding consumer label. In 2012, a three year project started under this program with the overall objective to improve livelihoods and working conditions among artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities by testing the application of the Fairtrade Standard for Gold in East Africa. The project supported a total of nine Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Organisations in three countries in East Africa: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with the objective of enabling over 1000 miners to mine gold in a responsible manner and advance responsible artisanal mining and sourcing practices locally and globally.

When the project came to an end in 2015, Fairtrade commissioned Aidenvironment to help them to gain a thorough understanding of the impact that the project has had for miners and their communities, as well as to learn from the project and to communicate its achievements to the projects donors.  

How did Aidenvironment help?
Using the OECD/DAC criteria, Aidenvironment performed  a critical analysis of the Project’s achievements with regard to its intended objectives and outcomes, its match with the needs of the target group and its impact on the target group, while also assessing the process of cooperation between Project Partners and the sustainability of the results.

For data collection Aidenvironment used a qualitative approach including field observations, key informant interviews and focus group discussions. Apart from these methods, use was made of quantitative data as provided according to monitoring and reporting by the project. The mix of methods allowed conclusions to be drawn on the contribution of the project and on plausible impacts, as well as success factors, lessons and recommendations, taking into account the variable context.

The findings of the evaluation can be found here.

For more information, please contact Jan Joost Kessler.