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The GIFF project translated into Spanish

June 13, 2017

Following international interest for its comprehensive and actionable methods, the GIFF project handbook has been translated into Spanish.

 

The GIFF project handbook in Spanish

‘Sigue el Dinero’

The translated version of ‘Follow the Money: A handbook for identifying financial flows linked to Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining’ unlocks the tools, technologies and methodologies to actors in Spanish-speaking countries. Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) takes place in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela amongst others.

The tool has international appeal regardless of whether ASGM takes places in a country as illicit financial flows (IFFs) are often transnational, with actors spread across value chains globally. The tool is also applicable to minerals besides gold, especially precious minerals such as coloured gems or diamonds.

In April, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, implementing partner for the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, delivered the handbook to police, prosecutors and judges in during their workshop on illegal mining. Participants reportedly found the contents “very useful” – particularly the investigation questions worksheets contained within.

In April, the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, implementing partner for the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, delivered the handbook to police, prosecutors and judges in during their workshop on illegal mining. Participants reportedly found the contents “very useful” – particularly the investigation questions worksheets contained within.

Read the Spanish version of ‘Follow the Money: A handbook for identifying financial flows linked to Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining.

The value of the handbook has already been demonstrated in Sierra Leone and Guinea through practical application by the GIFF project and ELL respectively.

Read the case study: Financial Flows linked to Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Sierra Leone (English).

The landmark handbook, released in English in March 2017, provides practical tools, techniques, methodologies and pointers for stakeholders seeking to broaden their understanding of and engage with the financial flows linked to artisanal and small-scale gold mining. This includes the identification of illicit financial flows IFF that implicate parts of the sector with corruption, money laundering and organised crime.

The GIFF Project is a collaboration between The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and Estelle Levin Ltd., with generous funding from The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Read the English version of ‘Follow the Money: A handbook for identifying financial flows linked to Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining’ here.

 


 

El manual del Proyecto GIFF ha sido traducido al español, dado el interés internacional que han atraído sus métodos comprensibles y viables.

La versión traducida de “Sigue el Dinero: Un manual para la identificación de los flujos financieros ilícitos (IFF) vinculados a la Minería de oro artesanal en pequeña escala” pone las herramientas, tecnologías y metodologías a la disposición de actores en países hispanohablantes. La minería de oro artesanal en pequeña escala (ASGM) ocurre en Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, República Dominicana, Ecuador, Haití, México, Nicaragua, Perú y Venezuela, entre otros países.

El manual tiene relevancia internacional independientemente de si el país cuenta con ASGM, ya que los flujos financieros ilegales (IFFs) muchas veces son transnacionales, con actores a lo largo de las cadenas de valor a nivel global. Éste manual también es aplicable a otros minerales además del oro, especialmente a las piedras preciosas de colores y a los diamantes.

La Iniciativa sobre la Norma del Derecho del Colegio de Abogados de Estados Unidos (American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative), socios implementadores de la embajada estadounidense en Lima Perú, les entregó el manual a la policía, a los persecutores y a los jueces durante un taller sobre la minería ilegal. Los participantes encontraron el contenido muy útil, especialmente la lista de preguntas investigativas que contiene el manual.

Lea la version de “Sigue el Dinero: Un manual para la identificación de los flujos financieros ilícitos (IFF) vinculados a la Minería de oro artesanal en pequeña escala” en español.

El mérito del manual ya ha sido demostrado en Sierra Leona y en Guinea a través de las aplicaciones prácticas realizadas por el Proyecto GIFF y por ELL, respectivamente.

Lea el estudio de caso “Los flujos financieros ilícitos vinculados a la Minería de oro artesanal en pequeña escala en Sierra Leona” en inglés.

Este manual destacado fue publicado en marzo del 2017 y provee herramientas, técnicas y metodologías prácticas para aquellos actores que deseen ampliar sus conocimientos e intervenir en los flujos financieros vinculados a la minería de oro artesanal en pequeña escala. Esto incluye la identificación de los flujos financieros ilícitos los cuales implican a parte del sector en la corrupción, el blanqueo de dinero y el crimen organizado.

El Proyecto GIFF es una colaboración entre la Iniciativa Global contra la Delincuencia Organizada Transnacional y Estelle Levin Ltd., con el generoso apoyo financiero de Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Lea la version de “Sigue el Dinero: Un manual para la identificación de los flujos financieros ilícitos (IFF) vinculados a la Minería de oro artesanal en pequeña escala” en inglés.

Launch of the GIFF handbook and Case Study

March 8, 2017

GIFF Launch

The GIFF project partners – Estelle Levin Limited and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime – are proud to release the culmination of many months of discussion and research: ‘Follow the Money: A handbook for identifying financial flows linked to Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining’.

This landmark handbook  provides practical tools, techniques, methodologies and pointers for stakeholders seeking to broaden their understanding of and engage with the financial flows linked to ASGM, including the sub-set of illicit financial flows (IFFs) that implicate parts of the sector with corruption, money laundering and organized crime.

Alongside the handbook we are also releasing our first case study demonstrating application of the handbook’s methodology to analyse the IFFs surrounding the ASGM sector in Sierra Leone, showing its practical application and the importance of financial mapping to a meaningful understanding of ASGM.

To read more about this launch head over to our publications page.

Sector Experts on the GIFF Handbook:

Manuel Papouschek, GIZ
“For GIZ it was important to fund the GIFF Toolkit in order to raise awareness and increase knowledge on illicit financial flows linked to the ASM sector and how they impede formalisation efforts. We hope that the toolkit will serve to effectively mitigate and respond to these specific challenges and barriers to a sustainable use and development of the ASM sector.”

GIFF project director, Estelle Levin-Nally
“S/he who controls the money controls the means. Our aim at GIFF is that this handbook leads to improved due diligence and planning for all actors involved in instituting good governance around and doing better business with the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining sector. Ultimately, this handbook will help governments, buyers, development agencies and NGOs remove barriers to formalisation and help optimise the opportunities that minerals offer for sustainable development.

Ludovic Bernaudat, Programme Officer, GEF Team, UNEP
“Understanding financial flows in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining is key to the development of any intervention to supporting the sector”.

Michael Mesaric, CEO, Valcambi SA
“Through shedding an important light on the significant challenges illicit financial flows pose to the ASGM sector and to its formalization, this publication is a useful tool for gold businesses along the supply chain”.

Fair Luxury 2017 is here

March 8, 2017

This unique two-day event brings together pioneers in the responsible jewellery sector, offering insights from and for both the small retailer and the biggest brands.

The only conference of its kind, FLUX brings together stakeholders across the supply chain here in the UK – the leader of fair luxury and jewelry. We have helped organise and participate in the conference for the second year running to push forward the sustainable luxury agenda.

Come, share, learn and join us in making an impact that will multiply and transcend borders.

FLUX is a two day event. Delegates can book for each day individually or both days together at a discounted rate and can do so by clicking here.

 

ELL joins Cambridge Social Ventures, to deepen our social impact and do better business with our clients

January 24, 2017

Estelle Levin Limited is delighted to join twelve other businesses in Cohort 7 of Cambridge Social Ventures, a programme in the Centre for Social Innovationof the Cambridge Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. CSV is dedicated to supporting businesses seeking to make a positive social or environmental impact.

Cambridge Social Ventures offers us a great opportunity to consolidate on recent rapid growth to build resilience into the business and our ventures, whilst ensuring that we maximise our social and environmental impact, fulfilling our mission of helping minerals transform society for good.

The 12-month programme kicked off with a 3-day training event at the Future Business Centre in Cambridge. Informative sessions on measuring social impact, finance, visioning and branding provided a platform for lively discussions and the sharing of experiences with other socially-minded businesses. Our attendees, Estelle Levin-Nally (ELL Director) and Andrew Cooke (ELL Senior Manager) are thankful for this chance to enhance ELL’s business capabilities and have returned empowered to better steer the team towards reaching its highest potential in making a difference. We look forward to cooperating with CSV and the other social entrepreneurs making innovation through impact.

Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition

January 24, 2017

ELL will be attending the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Outreach Meeting in Brussels on January 26th. Come and meet ELL representatives Yolande Kyngdon-McKay and Kate MacLeod who are happy to talk more about our service offerings, experience and thought leadership on responsible sourcing of raw materials.

ELL has been contracted by the European Commission to develop due diligence guidelines on conflict minerals for small-medium enterprises (SMEs). We therefore welcome the chance to talk to participating SMEs and their business partners and associations on how they are managing to implement conflict mineral due diligence as part of our ongoing work for this project.

Other projects that may interest EICC members include:

  • Environmental Profit & Loss accounting for a major consumer brand
  • Due diligence and supply chain management on coloured gems for a major consumer brand
  • Building due diligence systems for the world’s biggest gold refinery
  • Due diligence on child protection issues, including mitigation and remediation
  • Facilitating responsible production systems for African governments
  • Designing the ICGLR mineral tracking database and training ICGLR officials on its implementation

For more information or to arrange a meeting with ELL during the EICC Outreach Meeting, please contact Kate at kate@nullestellelevin.com.

Contract Awarded by European Commission

January 20, 2017

Estelle Levin and Edif ERA awarded contract by European Commission to design a conflict minerals due diligence support system for SMEs

Estelle Levin Ltd. (ELL) and Edif ERA have recently been awarded a contract by the European Commission to design a comprehensive support system for EU small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regarding conflict minerals in 2017. The aim is to enhance due diligence capacity in the EU’s SME sector.

Dr Yolande Kyngdon-McKay, Manager at ELL and Project Manager for the contract said, “This is an important and timely piece of work, given the growing trend for developed world governments, NGOs and consumers to demand greater accountability from companies for what happens in their supply chains, including those importing tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high risk areas.”

The project will involve undertaking research and gathering data from SMEs in the EU that currently import conflict minerals. Working closely with the OECD and other stakeholders, the project team will develop management guidelines for SMEs together with training tools and educational resources.  This will help SMEs to better understand the issues, reconsider their sourcing practices and so make their supply chains more transparent.

Dr Alex Martin, Senior Regulatory Consultant at Edif ERA, added “SMEs are a crucial part of the supply chain of virtually all mineral-dependent industries. Within the EU, SMEs account for 99% of all companies and therefore have a significant role to play in supply chain due diligence. SMEs in the EU need to possess adequate due diligence skills in order to remain competitive both at home, and globally.”

If you have any questions about this project, please email the project manager

Dr Yolande Kyngdon-McKay: yolande@nullestellelevin.com.

If you are an SME in the EU, involved in importing 3TGs, and would like to participate in this research, please email Dr Alex Martin: alex.martin@nulledifera.com