Today an emerging economy, Indonesia has a wealth of natural resources. Agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and mining make up a substantial portion of the country’s economy.
While Indonesia has also made significant progress in reducing poverty, the country is still struggling with a population growing faster than job opportunities available. Systemic corruption, a lack of infrastructure, and the inequitable distribution of natural resources fuels insecurity.
An estimated 300,000 Indonesians are employed in the artisanal gold mining sector, with the miners remaining informal and unregulated.
Indonesia’s key natural resources include silver, coal, natural gas, petroleum, gold, bauxite, tin, copper, timber, and nickel.
In 2017, we collaborated with the Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) and their efforts to improve artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Indonesia. We developed a gender strategy and advised on its implementation across AGC’s project, which aimed to improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions of artisanal mining communities in Indonesia, by promoting formalization, as well as the introduction of alternatives to mercury processing.