The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Trust launched an emergency window to respond to on-going impacts from the COVID pandemic on artisanal and small-scale mining communities across the globe.
EGPS aims to provide short-term and medium-term assistance to artisanal mining communities, and their associated value chains, to cope with COVID-19 related impacts. Activities will comprise but not be limited to the following categories:
- Health and safety
The World Bank sees two main categories of impact emerging from the present COVID crisis:-
- Direct impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on mining communities
The overarching dynamics that drive the impacts on the ground are an increasingly severe health crisis, a massive loss of formal and informal jobs in urban areas and as a consequence a vast migration from cities back to rural areas.
- Indirect impacts
Apart from the direct impact of the COVID-19 crisis on mining communities, there will be an impact caused by the government responses to contain COVID-19. Governments around the world seeking to contain the virus’ spread and constraining mobility translates into trade disruptions that will likely cause loss of markets and severely affect local economies.
- Small grants will be for under $50,000.
- Medium grants will be for between $50,000 and $300,000.
- 40% of successful applicants must be women-led or women-majority organizations working in ASM areas.
Any geography where artisanal mining takes place is eligible. If a local entity is submitting a grant proposal to the fund, sponsorship by an entity known to the World Bank’s administration is required. Each grant must be capable of performing monitoring of activities –whether through web-enabled platforms and tools, or through site visits, should conditions in the country allow for this.
For more information, visit https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/egps#7