ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme has been launched to build the profile, and improve the management, of Development Minerals.
The program is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by UNDP.
The Programme will strengthen the capacity of Artisanal small-scale mining enterprises (ASMEs) operating in member countries of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).
The Programme aims to support the ASMEs to enhance productivity, create jobs, increase income and put in place environmental and social safeguards in and around mining areas.
- The funding awarded to successful applicants will be a maximum of $5,000 per project.
In order to contribute to Uganda’s ASM Strategy and response to COVID-19, UNDP through the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme will finance proposals from Artisanal and Small-scale Miners/Enterprises operating in the Development Minerals sector that are in line with the following strategic priorities:
- Enhanced Occupational Health and Safety at workplace, home and community levels; and
- Business continuity support to the ASMEs in the sector.
Firstly, the “work environment home and community health and safety support” will be needed to ensure home, office, pit-side and community-based activities are made safer enough for ASMEs to re-start operation gradually and where possible.
The support will cater for the design and/or effective implementation of viable health and safety measures and protocols that already exist to break the spread of the disease and keep workplace safe. This will be built on the mining-specific health and safety measures already mastered and capitalized by miners during Programme Phase I.
Intervention will focus on sensitization of PPE, hand washing tools for improved sanitation and provide non-medical requirements, strengthen women leadership and their meaningful participation in the COVID-19 response.
Secondly, “business continuity support” effort will support ailing businesses and operations in the sector. It will encompass a large range of support aiming at keeping ASMEs afloat to avoid bankruptcies and massive layoffs in the face of market breakdown including covering urgent production continuity need and related matters to minimize immediate, short- and medium-term impact on ASMEs in the Development Minerals Sector.
The support will encompass work and production logistics as well as inputs eligible under the current funding made available by the European Union. Business continuity support will encompass inclusive value chains development activities, maintaining production and productivity while weathering and navigating through COVID-19 and positioning ASMs to tap into financial and market opportunities and production capital.
For more information, visit https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=76935