The Artisanal Mining and Property Rights (AMPR) program—managed by the E3/Land and Urban Office (LU)—is USAID’s flagship project for addressing complex development challenges in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. The program has a primary focus on diamonds in the Central African Republic, but is designed to provide on-demand short-term technical assistance to any USAID Mission and Operating Unit (OU) on development challenges associated with ASM. An objective of AMPR is to improve USAID programming through increased understanding of the linkages between artisanal and small scale mining and key development issues.
AMPR is a Task Order under the Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II IDIQ, centrally managed by E3’s Land and Urban Office in Washington.
The purpose of the project is to address land and resource governance and social cohesion challenges in the ASM sector, using a multidisciplinary approach and incorporating appropriate evidence and tools. This Task Order will support on-the-ground development programming primarily in the diamond sector, but will also explore how to contribute to the formalization of the gold sector in southwestern CAR. In addition, any interested USAID Mission or Operating Unit can buy into AMPR for technical assistance services related to the link between ASM and a broad range of development issues, regardless of geography or mineral commodity.