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Learning from artisanal miners : a model for designing training programs with and for the artisanal mining sectoa Stocklin-Weinberg, Ruby


Worldwide, approximately 30 million people depend directly on artisanal mining of many different minerals to provide for themselves and their families. There has yet to be a successful and concerted effort to tackle the barriers which keep artisanal miners trapped in a cycle of poverty and poor environmental and health practices. The purpose of this thesis is to define how a successful training program for artisanal miners should be designed and how the program can be measured and evaluated. This research posits that for a training program to be successful, it should be designed based on a deep appreciation for the unique context in which the training takes place. Monitoring and evaluation of the program must be conducted thoroughly and consistently. Qualitative research methods were used to analyze a suite of training programs for artisanal miners to inform the design of a suite of Training Needs Assessment research tools, which were field-tested in Indonesia. This study found that training programs on mitigating environmental impacts of artisanal mining, formalizing artisanal miners, mercury eradication and occupational health and safety have not taken into account the context of the artisanal mining sector. The needs and motivations of the miners are often ignored and therefore, training programs have seen little sustained success. The amount of time and patience it requires for there to be uptake is often overlooked. A six-step framework for training artisanal miners was developed as an output of this thesis and can be used by practitioners so that the design, launch and evaluation of training programs for artisanal miners can be done more thoroughly and consistently.

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