Organised crime in Africa / Beyond crackdowns: formalising West Africa’s gold mining sector

What alternative responses are available to countries to ensure they benefit from artisanal mining?

West Africa’s complex artisanal gold mining industry faces major challenges. The pervasive informality of mining makes the sector vulnerable to criminal exploitation and limits its development potential.

Efforts to combat artisanal gold mining in West Africa have tended to follow a punitive approach of criminalisation and ‘crackdowns’. This seminar draws on extensive regional consultations to inform a discussion of alternative responses that can help countries harness the full potential of their gold mining sectors.

Simultaneous English-French-Portuguese interpretation will be provided.

Moderator: Robert Ali Tanti, Centre for Social Impact Studies, Ghana

Opening remarks: ECOWAS, European Union, Germany and GIZ representatives


  • Gideon Osofu Peasah, West Africa Extractives Coordinator, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime
  • Representative, Mauritania Mining Commission (TBC)
  • Dr Ishmael Quaicoe, Coordinator, Sustainable Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Hub, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Image: © Erberto Zani / Alamy Stock Photo
This seminar is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Foreign Office under the OCWAR-T project. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
Event Details

Date: 2023-11-29

Time: 13:30 to 15:00

Venue: Online via Zoom (register to attend online) or in person, African Regent Hotel, Accra, Ghana (register to attend in-person)

Event Enquiry: Christian Ani, Email:, Phone: +23 48 14 397 3712

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