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The Establishment of the ASM Global Database project is made possible by funding from the World Bank`s Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi Donor Trust Fund. EGPS supports resource-dependent developing countries to build extractive sectors that drive inclusive, sustainable growth and development and ultimately, poverty reduction.


The World Bank has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030. First, to end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%. Second, to promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank works to reduce poverty in ASM communities around the world through sustainable, integrated development interventions.The Establishment of the ASM Global Database project is made possible by funding from the World Bank Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi Donor Trust Fund.

Steering Committee

Gavin Hilson - Committee Chair

Chair of Sustainability in Business
University of Surrey

Gavin is a leading global authority on the environmental and social impacts of the small-scale mining sector. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reports on the subject, his specialist knowledge widely recognized internationally. He has delivered talks on small-scale mining at United Nations headquarters in New York, the World Bank in Washington DC and several universities worldwide. He has also provided consultancy services on the subject for a range of organizations: the UK Department for International Development, World Bank and EGMONT (Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels); the NGO sector, including the Alliance for Responsible Mining and the WWF Guianas; and corporations such as Newmont Gold Mining and Gold Fields.

Gavin is editor-in-chief of The Extractive Industries and Society (Elsevier Science), and is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier Science), Resources Policy (Elsevier Science), Mineral Economics (Springer) and The International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment (Taylor & Francis). He is also an executive board member of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), an NGO established to improve awareness and eliminate circulation of ‘conflict diamonds’.

Phuong Pham, PhD

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)

Phuong Pham, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). She has over 15 years of experience in designing and implementing epidemiologic and evaluation research, technology solutions, and educational programs in on-going and post-conflict countries such as northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Iraq, Cambodia, Colombia and other areas affected by mass violence and humanitarian crisis. She co-founded Peacebuildingdata.org (a portal of peacebuilding, human rights, and justice indicators) and KoboToolbox (a suite of software for digital data collection and visualization). Dr. Pham joined HHI after holding the positions of Director of Research at the University of California – Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University's Payson Center for International Development.

Jan Damery

Vice President, Fund Development
YWCA Calgary

As Vice President of Fund Development, Jan draws upon her diverse understanding and wealth of experience across sectors and cultures on the ways of empowering people and organizations to align and achieve their individual and collective goals. Jan has worked in parts of North America, South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the course of her career. Prior to joining the YW, she was a skilled facilitator and executive coach with The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc. for four years. From 2007-2012, she was the Director of Development in Canada with The Aga Khan University (AKU), an international university based in the developing world with main campuses in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Between 2001 and 2006, she worked as the Senior Director of Campaign and Resource Development with the United Way of Calgary and Area.

Terah DeJong

Technical Deputy, USAID Artisanal Mining and Property Rights (AMPR) Project

Terah DeJong is an expert in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), including technical support to gold and diamond miners, supply chain dynamics, environmental impact and remediation, regulatory and policy reform, conflict prevention, and land tenure and property rights. For the last 7 years, he has managed USAID and EU projects in Côte d’Ivoire and the Central African Republic, and has advised multiple governments on ASM policy and the Kimberley Process. He is currently an independent consultant who works part-time with the USAID Artisanal Mining and Property Rights (AMPR) project implemented by Tetra Tech.

Peter Chirico

Associate Director, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center
USGS, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center

Pete Chirico is the Associate Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Florence Bascom Geoscience Center in Reston, VA. In over 20 years at USGS, he has focused his research on the geography and geomorphology of illicit small-scale mining of diamonds and mineral deposits in conflict zones and during complex emergencies. He has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and the Kimberley Process to understand how diamonds and other natural resource exploitation contribute to funding conflicts. While his regional expertise is Sub-Saharan Africa, he has led or been a member of more than 30 field expeditions throughout Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa. He is author or co-author of over 50 peer reviewed scientific reports and journal articles in the fields of geography, geomorphology, remote sensing, and natural resources in conflict zones. Pete also serves as scientific and technical advisor to the Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures in the Department of State's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.