|Region||Country||Year Reported||# Working in ASM|
|East Asia & Pacific||China||2002||9,000,000|
|Sub-Saharan Africa||Democratic Republic of Congo||2008||2,000,000|
|Latin America & Caribbean||Brazil||2014||861,000|
|East Asia & Pacific||Philippines||2015||500,000|
Estimates of the number of individuals engaged in ASM worldwide began in 1993 with the United Nations and has been revised by numerous global studies that demonstrate the incredible growth of the sector as an alternative livelihood option for millions globally. In addition some studies have estimated the number of people dependent on ASM activity: 80-100 million people in 1999 (ILO 1999), 60-150 million people in 2013 (IIED 2013)
Gold global production value citing six annual production reports from 1990 to 2017. This graph shows the data from publicly available reports that sought to quantify global estimates of ASM gold production over the past 30 years. For perspective the world's largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold Corp, reported a total revenue of $8.77 billion in 2016.
Production value calculated using LBMA average gold price for respective years in instances where product weight was reported.
Distribution of unique data sources by publication year in the Delve database. This graph counts the number of unique data sources within the Delve database that provide unique quantitative data on employment for the ASM sector per publication year. The increase in data sources produced from 2001-2004 can be attributed to the initiation of the "Communities and Small-scale Mining" (CASM) initiative as well as the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) funded by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and implemented by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
The data presented in this beta site is a sample and should be used for demonstration purposes only. All data, countries and minerals are not yet represented, and will be included in the full launch of the platform coming Summer 2019.