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With the ambition to increase the mining sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) from 0.8% in 2015 to 10% in 2030, Kenya is developing its mining sector. The 2016 Mining Act which replaced the colonial-era Mining Act of 1940 recognized the ASM sector and provided for the creation of Artisanal Mining Committees, tasked with facilitating issuance of artisanal mining permits. While ASM remains largely informal, approximately 60% of the country’s gemstones, most of its gold, quarrying of stones, and other construction materials are produced by the sector. An estimated average of 140,000 people worked in the sector in 2018.1 A detailed study from 20012 shows, as elsewhere, that women play a central role in ASM in Kenya.


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Tourmaline mine site in Taita Taveta, Kenya
Peter Munyi, Mining Hub Africa

The data presented in this Version 1 of the Delve platform are from secondary sources and reflect data availability on the ASM sector. All data, countries and minerals are not yet represented. Data will be added on an ongoing basis as the global data gap on ASM continues to be filled. Visualizations created with under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial license.

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