Total: Based on secondary data estimation of IGF-18 → 20,000
Min/max: as per IGF-18 → 10,000 - 30,000
Female participation: no data. With gemstones being the main ASM commodity there are less job opportunities in mineral processing, such as in ASGM. Possibly in the range of 10% → 2,000
Gold: Little is reported about ASGM in Namibia. Perhaps 1,000 miners?

2018: 20,000


10,000 - 30,000 miners

2014: 29,000

(UBC-14): Gold-only data produced by statistic modelling:

Expected ASM population: 29,000 
Estimated ASM gold production: 0.5 t/a

1999: 7,500

(ILO-99): Employment: 5,000 - 10,000
Number of mines: 20
Illegal mines: +/- 15%

ReferenceYearCitationArchived CopyLink
ARM-182018Barreto, M.L.,Schein, P., Hinton, J., Hruschka, F. (2018): The Impact of Small-Scale Mining Operations on Economies and Livelihoods in Low- to Middle-Income Countries. ARM, Envigado, PACT,…
IGF-182018IGF (2018): Global Trends in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): A review of key numbers and issues. IIED/IISD, London,…
UBC-142014Seccatore, J., Veiga, M., et al. (Univ. of British Columbia - UBC) (2014): An estimation of the artisanal small-scale production of gold in the world. Scitotenv.…
ILO-991999Jennings, N. (1999): Social and labour issues in small-scale mines. Report for discussion at the Tripartite Meeting on Social and Labour Issues in Small-scale Mines. ILO,…
ASM DATA - Country Database Record
Country CodeNAM
ASM StatusExisting (data assessed)
Country Count1
Data year2018
Publ. year2018
ASM Miners20,000
- gold1 ,000
Inc. DevMinno
- min.10,000
- max.30,000
- female2 ,000
ASM Commoditiesgemstone, diamond, gold
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