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COVID-19 Impact Reporting FAQ

1. What is the purpose of Delve’s COVID-19 impact reporting?

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing immense disruption across the globe. For the roughly 42 million men and women working in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector, the pandemic poses a significant threat as government restrictions and market shifts disrupt their livelihood and communities. Delve is seeking to increase awareness of the impacts of COVID-19 on ASM communities among the global development community through implementation of a coordinated global data collection exercise. Findings from the exercise are published on the Delve site. The information is intended to inform sector practitioners, governments, and development agencies in medium to long-term responses to address the impacts of COVID-19 and build resilience in the ASM sector towards future crises.

2. What is the scope of Delve’s COVID-19 impact reporting exercise?

The COVID-19 impact reporting exercise is collecting information on the impacts of the pandemic on mine site activity and gender participation, health and safety, food security, human security and government services. The survey’s primary target respondent is individuals who are involved in regular mine site activities, including service providers (e.g. miner/claimholder, labor/diggers, service providers, local buyer). The survey is being deployed in 22 countries with 18 partners. The exercise will run through July 31, 2020, allowing for snapshots across a 9-week period.

3. What considerations should I take into account when reviewing the Delve data?

Data presented in the interactive dashboards is based upon aggregate response data generated by data collection partner institutions. Data collection partner institutions have conducted phone-based surveys with mine site level respondents in select mining geographies over a fixed data collection period. Partners have utilized a convenience sample with a target 15 respondents per respective sub-national geography. The total number of respondents is noted on each dashboard and visualization. The findings should not be considered statistically representative of the noted country or sub-national geography.

4. Who is funding the exercise?

Delve’s data collection activities are being funded by the World Bank’s Extractives Global Programmatic Support multi-donor trust fund. In some instances, data collection partner institutions are leveraging existing program funds and offering in-kind support to perform data collection activities.

In Ecuador the United Nations Development Programme is providing in-kind support to cover the time of staff to conduct data collection efforts.

GemFair (Sierra Leone) would like to recognize De Beers Group and Anglo American for their support in helping us develop and implement our COVID-19 community response plans. For more information on De Beers Groups’ response to support its partners and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow this link:

In the Lualaba province of the DRC (Synergy) and in Burkina Faso (Alliance for Responsible Mining), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is covering the cost of data collection.

The support for the activities of NAP.Mineração/USP in the Delve Covid-19 Impact Survey is provided by Escola Politecnica of University of São Paulo and by FDTE (Foundation for Development of Technology & Engineering), Brazil.

5. How is the data collection survey deployed?

The data collection survey is deployed using Kobo Toolbox, a suite of open source tools for field data collection.

6. Where can I access the short form survey?

The short form survey is made available in a word format on the Delve Resource Library. A coded XLS template of the survey that can be used in Kobo Toolbox is available upon request to [email protected].

7. What steps is Delve taking to protect data privacy?

The Delve short form survey is keeping data stored on the secure Kobo Toolbox server and limits access to the full set of individual level response data only to the respective partner institutions that have collected the data and internal Delve team. The Delve team has performed an assessment of the short form survey to determine data points to be classified as personally identifiable information. The short form survey does not collect respondent names, but some data points when used together may be considered PII. For this reason, Delve will not disclose data that could put respondents’ identities at risk to any 3rd party institutions.

8. Can I use data from the Delve COVID impact reporting initiative?

Data made available through the Delve dashboards can be used by individuals and institutions in content creation under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 license. This requires attribution to Delve and the World Bank and data distribution remains under the same license or a similar license (share-alike). General citation can include ‘Data collection on the impacts of COVID-19 in ASM communities is funded by the World Bank’s Extractives Global Programmatic Support Multi-Donor Trust Fund and coordinated through the Delve COVID-19 Impact Reporting exercise which covers 22 different countries and is made available at