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EPRM Newsletter April 2018


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EPRM at OECD-forum in Paris ( 17-19 April)

Meet the EPRM at the 12th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains at the OECD in Paris, from 17–19 April 2018. Are you curious to learn more about the EPRM activities and how you can become (more) involved? Visit us at the EPRM stand in the central hall of the OECD forum.

On Thursday 19 April, the EPRM will be involved in a joint session with the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) on the preparations for the EU conflict minerals regulation. Please click here to register to attend this session on Thursday 19 April from 2:15–3:15 pm.

Please be informed of the consultation session on the Code of Risk Mitigation for Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Engaging in Formal Trade (CRAFT), hosted by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and RESOLVE. The CRAFT standard has been developed with financial support of EPRM. Thursday 19 April from 11:15 am to 1:45 pm.

Read more about the EPRM presence at the OECD forum and how to register.



Interview with our new chair: Leah Butler (RMI)

At the beginning of 2018, the EPRM chairs rotated. The previous chair, Dirk Jan Koch of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is followed up by Leah Butler of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new chair. Leah: “For the 2019 calendar year, we aim to increase the linkages and scale of EPRM-funded projects to maximize their impact and sustainability.” Read the entire interview here.


Leah Butler 


EPRM funds four new projects

From the many project proposals that were submitted in the Call for Proposals of 2017, EPRM has selected four new projects. These projects will start in 2018 and will be implemented either in the coming year or in the next two years. Do you wish to learn more about these interesting projects? For more information, see our website.


DEVCO supports the EPRM

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) has joined the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) and will contribute €5.4 million. This contribution will be used to fund activities that improve the conditions in mining areas in conflict-affected and high-risk areas to support the new EU legislation on conflict minerals, which will enter into force from 1 January 2021. In the context of this contribution a new call for proposals is expected to be opened in the summer of 2018. Read more information on our website.


CAPAZ field story

Are you curious to learn more about the projects that receive EPRM support? Read the story of Senides Lucumi Mina, a 42-year-old woman from Suarez, Colombia. Senides is president of the Association of Gold Waste Picker Women and Peacebuilders in Suarez, which was formed as part of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) CAPAZ project, funded by the EPRM. Senides sees great value in the opportunities that working in a partnership brings and is optimistic about the increased participation of women as a result of the ARM project. Read more about her story here.



Senides Lucumi CAPAZ

Photo credit: ARM


AFECCOR project update

Since its 2017 launch in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 50 Village Saving and Loans Associations have begun operations as a part of the Artisanal Mining Women’s Empowerment Credit & Savings project (AFECCOR), funded by the EPRM. AFECCOR has a specific focus on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in their homes, at artisanal mine sites, and in their wider communities. Do you want to learn more about the progress this project is making? Read about it here.


Photo credits: IMPACT

Photo credit: IMPACT


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