A specialist in value chain assessments, voluntary standards and inclusive development, David’s role at the Impact Facility centres on the development of credible and cost-efficient monitoring and evaluation systems to measure project impact in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of his degree in international development management, David gained practical experience working with smallholder cotton farmers in India, where he helped introduce smart technology to catalyse the adoption sustainable production practices. His award-winning in-depth analysis of the artisanal gold value chain in east Africa, published in 2018, formed the foundation for the development of a scalable aggregation mechanism grouping hubs comprising several ASM operations strategically to reach sufficient volume to make direct trade economically viable.
David now leads a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on the roll out of asset financing solutions providing much needed equipment through to artisanal and small-scale gold mines throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He continues operationalising export hubs for gold brokering deals with local middleman, negotiating contracts with refiners, and navigating international legislative and compliance requirements.
David leads efforts to update the Impact Facility’s tools and approaches in line with learnings and feedback from the field, to ensure that the Impact Facility and its partner mines are best equipped to achieve positive change. David is currently conducting field research on the topic of financial service provision and is scoping out opportunities to scale the Impact Facility’s reach through partnership with other organisations.
David holds a BSc in international development management with a special focus on sustainable value chain management and a minor in conflict studies from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
“Cobalt is key to enabling a speedy transition to a green, post-carbon economy. The DRC’s unparalleled cobalt endowments should serve as a catalyst for local development. By investing in the professionalisation of artisanal mining and creating dignified employment opportunities throughout local mining communities, we can help turn this mineral wealth into lasting prosperity. To make this happen, we need to dare to be part of the solution.”
David Sturmes posts
The FCA welcomes Cobalt Institute
As we welcome the Cobalt Institute to the Fair Cobalt Alliance, we speak to Susannah McLaren Head of Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability, who shares her views on what’s driving demand for cobalt, what opportunities this presents the supply chain and ultimately, what drove the decision to join the FCA.
Save the Children and The Centre Join the Fair Cobalt Alliance to Strengthen Child Rights in the DRC’s Artisanal Cobalt Sector
Both Save the Children and The Centre are committed to improving the lives of children and will bring their expertise in child rights, business, and in particular children’s rights and child labour issues, to the FCA.
The FCA welcomes FREYR
The Fair Cobalt Alliance welcomes FREYR, a developer of clean, next-generation battery cell production, as the latest industry player to join the FCA and recognise the legitimacy of cobalt from responsible ASM operations.
The FCA welcomes Dutch insurer AnsvarIdéa to its membership
Dutch insurer AnsvarIdéa has today announced its membership of the FCA. AnsvarIdéa is the first company outside of the immediate cobalt supply chain to join us. Their decision to join the FCA represents a growing awareness of the issues faced by the ASM sector in the DRC and the need for collaboration across the value chain to take responsibility and invest for positive change.