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Jewellers are increasingly aware that, if they can carefully select gold from responsible Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) sources, they can play a role in changing lives for the better.
In our latest jewellery market analysis for North America, carried out by USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project in partnership  with Christina Miller Sustainable Jewellery Consulting, we uncovered what’s stopping jewellers in the US and Canada from sourcing more ASM gold and learned how we could help build supply chains that meet their requirements.
Findings included:
  • That the moral and ethical issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 have started to shape the debate, with jewellers starting to understand that having supply chains that include ASM gold supports livelihoods of Black miners in regions including eastern DRC, which can be a part of  tackling systemic injustices in general;
  • That we need to help jewellers overcome the feeling of being constrained by commercial, practical, logistical and compliance barriers often beyond their control;
  • That we need to support a stronger positive narrative around ASM gold with consumers: recycled gold is currently seen as easier to sell than ASM gold; and
  • How we need to support the jewellers in figuring out what responsible sourcing means to them in practice.
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You can submit your concept notes for the second round of the Responsible Gold Innovation Facility (RGIF)  Catalytic Grant Window until April 16th. We are inviting organizations seeking to finance activities that will unlock specific barriers to producing and exporting responsibly sourced ASM gold from eastern DRC to apply, with a specific focus on activities designed to strengthen and de-risk commercial linkages between ASM Cooperatives/other small-scale mining groups and responsible ASM gold buyers (local and international).
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New Memorandum of Understanding signed to promote collaboration between Zahabu Safi and Madini projects  
Global Communities and international NGO International Alert signed a memorandum of understanding last month to develop and coordinate action between their two projects (Zahabu Safi and Madini, a Dutch-funded project whose full name translated in Swahili is "MADINI KWA AMANI NA MAENDELEO", in English as “Minerals for Peace & Development”) over the next seven months. We will leverage our comparative strengths to work to strengthen legality at and around selected ASM gold mine sites and work together on advocacy in support of responsible gold exports.
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Field mission to Ituri
Global Communities and Better Chain teams visited Ituri mine sites last month to collect data on the partner cooperatives’ performances and to identify opportunities and risks as the Zahabu Safi project begins to partner more closely with the cooperatives.   
Event: Black women in jewellery, from mine to retail
Zahabu Safi is partnering with the US-based Black in Jewellery Coalition (BIJC) for a unique fire-side-chat webinar, “Sister to Sister: Creating relationships to support responsible sourcing of artisanal gold from Africa.” It will feature women working all along the supply chain, including
  • Huguette Kaleba Ngoie Kasongo (Founder of  SOGECOMI and Hear Congo/VP of women in mining association of DRC),
  • Dr. Njanju Namazuba Zouzou (President of the Mineral Cooperative of Ukingo Luhihi, South Kivu, DRC)
  • Ella Mindja, Zahabu Safi Project Officer and Community Liaison
Moderated by Lotanna Amina Egwatu, Creative Director and Principal at Mina Stones and Patricia Mweene, Founder and Creative Director, INONGE ZITA Jewellery/ Gemstone Value Chain Specialist, the event seeks to create connections between women extracting and selling gold in eastern DRC and jewellers who will transform it.

Follow us on Twitter as we share interviews with the panelists in the run up to the event. And look out for the recording of the event which we will also share.
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Event: OECD side sessions
At next month’s OECD event, hear the voices and perspectives of local actors and businesses working with and around ASM communities in eastern DRC during various side sessions featuring the Zahabu Safi speakers. Check the OECD event website for more details.   
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Addressing child labor
The Global Communities cooperative development and community engagement teams are delivering a workshop to the Cooperative members and workers in Luhihi on the dangers and illegality of child labor. Provided in collaboration with COOMIUKI, it will be geared toward miners and parents in the communities with an emphasis on how to identify and respond to this risk in/around the relevant sites. It will also focus on strategies for enforcing the law on child labor. 
The Zahabu Safi Learning Agenda
In February, the consortium team came together to share our learning from the project to date and identify gaps in our knowledge, which we need to fill and work out how to best share our learning with the wider sector. In an adaptive and innovative program like this one, it is critical that we stop and assess what we have learned on a regular basis – and then act on it! Some of our learning is already available on our project websites. We’ll continue to make our research and analysis and learning briefs (developed from what we have learned while we have been implementing the project) publicly available. Look out for case studies from our private sector engagement and more in gold pricing in the coming months.
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What is the Zahabu Safi Project?
Thank you for subscribing to USAID's Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project newsletter. Launched in December 2018, the Zahabu Safi project is a five-year, $11.9 million project that builds on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe.  The overall goal of the project is to establish a viable, conflict-free, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern DRC.

Zahabu Safi is being implemented by Global Communities in partnership with Levin Sources and in collaboration with Better Chain and RCS Global Upstream Ltd.  We work closely with the Congolese government and are developing partnerships along the length of the supply chain with cooperatives and exporters, refiners and  downstream buyers of gold, especially in the jewelry and tech sectors.  We aim to increase investment in the responsible gold supply chain with a view to making it commercially viable once the project funding has ended.

The project's three primary objectives are:
  1. To increase demand for and co-investment in conflict-free, traceable, responsible ASM gold from eastern DRC.
  2. To increase exports of conflict-free, traceable, responsible ASM gold from eastern DRC.
  3. To improve the commercial viability of ASM gold cooperatives.
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We want to engage with all actors in the supply chain…

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