The Gender Dimensions of Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten Mining in the Great Lakes Region


Gender Resource Facility

Mining of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TGs) in the Great Lakes Region (GLR) of Africa holds much promise to lead to economic, social and political transformation although its development potential is yet to be realized. 3TGs in the GLR are mainly produced via artisanal and small scale mining (ASM), an activity that provides a crucial source of livelihood and catalyst for economic development yet is often informal, highly manual and characterized by dire occupational, environmental and social risks. Over 300,000 men and women, adults, youth and children, produce 3TGs in the GLR, mainly driven to ASM by economic vulnerability or drawn by economic opportunity.