In Phase 4 of the Sustainable Artisanal Mining project, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mongolia (SDC), initiated and funded the development of ASM Knowledge Hub, a web-based platform in 2017. The goal of the platform is to convene and enable ASM stakeholders to create and share knowledge, experiences and solutions.
The basis of the Knowledge Hub is mutual exchange, leverage, facilitation and coordination. It is leveraging the existing networks, expertise and assets of other international and national knowledge initiatives therefore there is a strong opportunity to bring additional resources to the ASM table.
The Knowledge Hub is recognised and used by ASM stakeholders as the most appropriate platform where to produce, share, learn, store, and anchor knowledge and information, and thus it contributes to upscale the application of best practices in socially and environmentally responsible ASM.
The ASM Knowledge Hub is a web-based interactive platform, which will provide active exchange and distribution of ASM information and connect ASM actors and knowledge contributors in Mongolia as well as with global ASM stakeholders. The platform will feature latest news and updates in ASM sector and provide information on upcoming events regarding the sector.
The platform will be main point of storage and dissemination of various articles, studies, researches and publications produced by ASM stakeholders in 8 different ASM topics:
1. Legal Framework
2. Mercury and Toxic Chemicals
3. Occupational Safety and Health,
4. Environment and Rehabilitation
5. Human Rights and Gender
6. Supply Chain and Economic Development
7. ASM Community and Local Government
8. Results, Success and Achievements
The platform’s Group section will be main point of discussion and forums between its users within four Thematic groups and/ or groups created by users. The platform also has eLearning module which provides number of “how-to” tools and guides on ASM topics such as ASM formalization, entity registration, ASM health and safety and environmental rehabilitation. The platform features real-time information service such as an online chatting system and hotline service “1900-2959” offered by Mongolian ASM National Federation.