The paper outlines the structure of the mining industry in countries where ASM plays an important role, and in particular the balance between ASM and largescale mining. It explores how conventional classifications of ASM fail to properly address the heterogeneity and complexity of this livelihood and suggests a more holistic reclassification which is responsive to the livelihood demands of those involved. The paper discusses how policies directed to the sector should be oriented towards the development of legal frameworks that properly recognises the prevailing labour and production arrangements.
Bannock Consulting Ltd. Vulnerability of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining to CommodityPrice Fluctuation. PAPER 1: The structure of the sector. (2005) 25 pp.