Sunday, 26 April 2009

Cordaid & CAFOD

The Green Gold exhibition has been made possible by the kind support of Cordaid and CAFOD.

Cordaid is a Dutch international development organisation structured around four programmes: Participation, Emergency Aid and Reconstruction, Health and Well-being and Entreprenuership.

CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, working with communities in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, supporting people to find their own solutions to poverty. The agency works with all people regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality, acting on principles of compassion, solidarity, stewardship and hope.

In 2008 CAFOD toured a photographic exhibition called 'Pure Gold?' which revealed a less than glamorous side to gold. It highlighted mining activities in three continents that have contibuted to a cycle of poverty and violence, where water supplies have been poisoned, and the environment and culture of people have been destroyed.

The exhibition Green Gold concentrates on the positive aspects of responsible, small-scale mining. By profiling the Oro Verde programme in Colombia, the exhibition serves to highlight the social and environmental benefits that responsible mining brings, and its application as a model for other small-scale mines around the world to adopt.

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