Sierra Leone - Enhancing Efficiency and Sustainability of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) through Climate Smart Actions

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Aug 2020
Signature Date 27 Nov 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Industry, Minning & Quarrying
DAC Sector Code 32110
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 500,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The project is aligned with the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), which recognizes Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) as an important sector for socio-economic development. The overall goal is to improve formalization, efficiency and environmental management practices in the ASM sub sector in the three selected countries(Guinea Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone). The project objectives are clearly aligned with the Artisanal Mining Policy of Sierra Leone (2018) which sets out a clear framework for guiding actions leading to the improvement of artisanal mining sector governance and management, improve sustainable artisanal mining practices, enhance environmental protection, community and occupational health and safety safeguards, ensure that miners get a fair deal for their winnings; and strengthen linkages between artisanal mining and other sectors of the economy. Furthermore, the current African Development Bank’s Country Diagnostic Note (CDN, 2019) for Sierra Leone also highlighted the minerals and mining sector as a priority area of Government. Through this project, the Bank, will strengthen the institutional and human capacity of government regulatory agencies to among others facilitate formalization of ASM to generate employment and improve the economic status of several stakeholders – especially those along the ASM value chain. The project is based on three (3) components: (i) Formalization of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector to create jobs and contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic life of mining communities; (ii) capacity building of regulatory institutions to enforce mining laws and regulations and (iii) Project coordination and management. The project will be carried out from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to improve formalization, efficiency, profitability and environmental management practices in the ASM sub sector in the selected countries. Specifically, the project aims at the following: (i) Building capacity of the extractive sector regulatory agencies, especially the Ministry responsible for Mines, to provide the needed support services to ASMs; (ii) Implement capacity building programmes for ASMs to improve safety, health and environmental aspects of their operations; (iii) Improve efficiency and sustainability of their operations through technical support by regulatory agencies.


The Key Project beneficiaries are the Sierra Leone Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, artisanal and small scale miners, and mining industry associations; The people of Sierra Leone through enhanced employment and wealth-creation opportunities. The project is expected to have a positive impact on the livelihoods of more than 10,000 people directly involved in the artisanal and small-scale mining sub sector in the beneficiary countries. These group of miners will receive direct training. The project will also directly train more than 500 mining regulatory officials in the selected countries. These officers are expected to provide extension services to over 200,000 ASMs in the beneficiary countries. Furthermore, business activities in these mining communities will flourish due to the enhanced purchasing power of the ASMs. Overall, the project is expected to trigger wealth creation opportunities and decent employment.

Participating Organization

Ministry of Mineral Resources
Transition Support Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-B00-019
Last Update 21 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Mary Nguanya FODAY

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
8.45774 -13.23714 Freetown