Sustainable Artisanal Mining Project

Project completed
A miner is drilling rock in search of gold
A miner drilling rock in search of gold. © SDC © DDC / SAM project

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Climate change and environment
SME development
Environmental policy
Sector not specified
01.01.2011 - 31.12.2014
CHF 4'980'000

In the early 2000s, a boom in the informal mining sector forced the Mongolian government to take measures to regulate a phenomenon which implied major environmental and social consequences.


Secure incomes, especially for rural populations; formalise and legalise the small-scale mining sector;
promote sustainable exploitation of mineral resources; sustain economic and social development with regard for environmental concerns.

Target groups

Artisanal miners

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
Foreign state institution
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Central State of South East
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • World Health Organization
  • Mongolian government: Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy; Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour; Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism; NGO of artisanal miners

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'980'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   4'926'519
Project phases Phase 4 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)