AEMI Legal Aid Project
About the AEMI Legal Aid Project
Lack of access to justice and legal aid in the African mining sectors has fueled various
challenges including unfavorable working conditions which have a great impact on the
health, environment, safety and livelihood of the miners. It is against this stark background
that the AEMI legal aid project focuses on developing a constructive framework which will
assist in addressing the legal challenges faced by small scale and artisanal miners (ASM) in
The AEMI legal aid project seeks to empower, advocate and initiate reforms towards
equitable access to justice through capacity building, public engagement, workshops,
seminars, conferences, trainings and practical activities as a means of disseminating
information and legal aid to small scale miners and artisanal miners in Africa. Women and
children are vulnerable members of the community and AEMI recognizes that their rights
must be protected towards achieving sustainable development objectives. The project also
aims at promoting legal knowledge in the energy and mining sector amongst legal
practitioners and other stakeholders.
‘A reliable and equitable opportunity for all in access to justice for small-scale and artisanal
miners in Africa.’
1. To provide reliable, timely and equitable access to legal aid
2. To build and maintain an effective and collaborative relationship with the legal
advisory sector and the public towards achieving meaningful access to legal aid.
3. To advocate for policy measures in support of women and children rights in the
4. To equip small scale and artisanal miners with the legal knowledge necessary to
enable them to carry out their mining activities peacefully and effectively.
AEMI Mentorship Programme
Recognizing the fact that majority of the youth lack basic knowledge about the extractive
industries and taking into consideration the fact that AEMI is equipped with experts from
different countries, who have extensive experience in the energy and mining sectors.
Additionally, AEMI collaborates with different international energy and mining experts. It is
against this stark background that the AEMI mentorship program aims to provide
professional and personal development in the energy and mining sectors.
Help mentees to improve their skills and advance their careers
Increase confidence/self-esteem of the mentees
Promote knowledge sharing in the extractive industries
Offer training in new skills relevant to energy and mining (academic, financial,
Share ideas about career opportunities
The programme is also beneficial for the mentors as they can gain a sense of value
within the sector; and satisfaction from passing on their skills and wisdom
Unlike the traditional mentorship programmes, we shall explore a group mentorship
methodology, where different experienced mentors or experts can address a group of
mentees through webinars on some of the key issues raised by our mentees.
We shall also be able to assign mentees to specific mentors of their choice for a
period of 6 months or more.
Get involved as a mentor/mentee
Fill in this form (link)