Why Uganda’s new Mining Law and Policy Should Be Gender Responsive
In 2014, Uganda completed a $75 million national mineral survey funded by the World Bank that identified occurrences of a wide range of mineral resources such as gold, uranium, tin, coltan, nickel, copper and tungsten scattered in different parts of the country. The survey, intended to develop advanced geological data, divided Uganda into six blocks and found western Uganda, to be the most endowed
Although the mining sector in Uganda is mainly characterised by artisanal, small scale miners and is generally portrayed as a traditional, unskilled, unchanging sector by government and the media, in reality it is a sector that is highly dynamic, responsive, and connected to the broader development nationally. The December 2015 Auditor general’s report on Regulation, Monitoring and promotion of the Mining sector noted that artisanal and small scale mining operations produce over 90% of the national mineral output and employ about 200,000 Ugandans.