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Haki Madini Kenya (HMK) is a community centered coalition that brings together communities in and around mining areas, civil society organisations, faith based organisations and individuals engaging in the mining industry with the primary aim of promoting responsible stewardship of mining resources.

Our goal is to enhance the capacity of HMK and communities affected by the mining sector to engage effectively in national and local decision-making processes on mining issues and building a broad-based platform for collective action.

Our mission is to effectively promote community participation, multi-stakeholder engagement and responsible stewardship in the mining sector in Kenya.

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Achievements

With a five-year financial commitment (2016 -2020) from Diakonia Kenya Country office, the coalition is successfully implementing interventions in six (6) counties in Kenya (Kakamega, Migori, Taita Taveta, Kitui, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kwale). Below is a summary of the interventions and achievements.

Kakamega County

Our work in Kakamega county is lead by GROOTS Kenya.

  • An estimated 5,000 people engage in gold artisanal mining
  • These operated as illegal miners until 2016 when the Mining Act was enacted
  • Acacia Mining Company is currently exploring large scale mining with good prospects

Key interventions in this county include:

  • Mapping of Artisanal miners and issues of concern
  • The formalisation of 20 Artisnal Miners groups with over 400 members
  • Awareness creation of the ASM provisions of the Mining Act
  • Sensitizing Artisanal miners on Environemntal and health risks and responsibilities
  • Amplifying the role of women in artisanal mining sites
  • Facilitating Dialogue between artisanal miners and govenrment officials
  • Training community Liason Commitee established by Acacia Mining Company

Achievements include:

  • The mobilisation of over 500 Artisanal miners and recognition of Artisanal Miners Groups by the County and National governement
  • Establishment of Artisanal Miners Committee as provided by the Mining Act to spearhead acquisition of ASM permits
  • Election of two women into the ASM committee
  • Enrollment of 40 artisanal miners into the National Health Insuarance Fund (NHIF) – ongoing for the rest.
  • Incorporation of Artisanal Miners concerns in the County Integrated Development Plan

(CIDP 2017 -2020)

  • Piloting of community reporting mechanism on mining issues
  • Voluntary savings and loans for women miners



Kitui County

CARITAS Kitui leading our work in Kitui County.

  • Proposed Coal mining area of Mui Basin (concessions granted to Chinese mining companies 2013 and 2016
  • Mining has not commenced and there is minimal information
  • Contested Limestone mining area (Ngaiye) by three companies
  • Irregular land compensation process ongoing by the Athi River Mining Company (ARM)
  • Unrecognised artisanal mining activities

Key interventions in this county include:

  • Rapid assessment and Inquest (Kenya Human Rights Commission) on compensation in the limestone areas
  • Advocating for transparency in activities by ARM company
  • Establishment and training of seven( 7) community platforms
  • Analysis of legality of Benefit Sharing Agreement (BSA) for the Coal mining concession and the Community Liason guidelines
  • Development of Community guides on Limestone, Coal mining and community platforms
  • Scoping study on artisanal mining in Kitui

Key achievements include:

  • 125 out of 165 land agreements irregularly held by ARM company released
  • Bi-annual County Policy Forum established with the County Government, National Land Commission, National Environment Management Authority, CSOs, FBOs, Media and bloggers
  • Community Guides adopted by County government for reference in the county public participation processes
  • Policy Advisory on the Liason Committee Guidelines adopted by county government
  • Incorporation of artisanal mining in County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP)
  • Increased engagement on mining issues in the local media and social media platforms

Elgeyo Marakwet County

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) active in the region.

  • This is a Fluorspar mining area by the Kenya Fluorspar Company
  • There has been a community dispute on land compensation for over forty years
  • The Government of Kenya commissioned an inquiry to the compensation in 2015
  • In 2017, a presidential order for compensation to be commenced, but community declined the amount offered
  • In 2018, unclear compensation process commenced

Key interventions in this county include:

  • Community dialogue to ascertain the contentious issues
  • Community education on the new mining Act and human rights issues
  • Letters to the Cabinet Secretaries for dialogue regarding the release of the inquiry report

Key achievements include:

  • Relationship building with varied stakeholders
  • Preliminary exposure of interim community committee on compensation mechanisms

Kwale County

  • Largest Mining Company (Base Titanium) in operation since 2012

Key interventions in this county include:

  • A Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) on Base Titanium was commissioned and is being finalised

Migori County

National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) is present in the county.

  • Estimated 3,000 people engage in gold artisanal mining
  • Operated as illegal miners until 2016 when the Mining Act was enacted

Key interventions in this county include:

  • Mapping of Artisanal miners and issues of concern
  • Training of 45 Artisanal Miners groups with over 900 members
  • Awareness the ASM provisions of the Mining Act

Key achievements include:

  • The mobilisation of over 900 Artisanal miners and recognition of Artisanal Miners Groups by the County and National government
  • Enhanced dialogue between miners and Migori county government regarding police harassment, insecurity, illegal Chinese investors and land issues

Taita Taveta County

National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) is leading HMK work in Taita Taveta County

  • Kenya’s Artisanal mining accounts for over 60% of annual gemstone production in Kenya
  • Taita Taveta county accounts for over 70% of gemstone production in the country

Key interventions in this county include:

  • Sensitizing Artisanal miners on Environmental/ health risks and responsibilities
  • Facilitating Dialogue between artisanal miners and government officials
  • Lobbying for the establishment of the Artisanal Miners Committee

Key achievements include:

  • County government has promised to establish Artisanal Miners Committee in both counties
  • Registration of Migori Miners Association
  • Both counties have now included mining in their CIDPs with Taita-Taveta already allocating a budget of Kes 6 Milion in 2017/2018 financial year

On National Level Policy Advocacy

  • Policy advocacy is lead by Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)
  • Convened CSOs to provide input to the Mining Regulations. Over 30% of the input was adopted in the Community Development Agreement (CDA) regulations.
  • HMK is the CSO representative at the Multi-Sectoral Technical Working Group on the Kenya Country Mining Vision (KCMV) contributing to the social and environmental sections of the Gap analysis
  • Convened CSO consultations on the domestication of the Africa Mining Vision (KCMV)
  • HMK has been appointed to the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) Committee to represent the Kenya Movement
  • Assessment of community perspectives with regard to soda ash mining in Magadi.
  • Commissioning of the Madini Wazi technology platform for accountability in mining