Our approach to community investment is guided, in large part, by the philosophy of the Government of Eritrea, which envisions that the entire country should share in the benefits from resource development, with no particular region benefiting disproportionately. This perspective does not exclude the opportunity for regional capacity-building within the context of national societal goals and equity provisions.

In 2015-16, there was $303,000 allocated specifically towards local community investment (Community Assistance Projects – ‘CAP’) centred on water and irrigation projects. These inaugural pilot projects, the first industry-government partnership of its kind, needs to adhere to both national and local planning priorities and be completely sustainable by the community in all respects versus any type of future reliance on the company.


Abthet has been working in the mine’s laundry department for three years. Before joining the mine’s staff, she completed her one year of national service at the Sawa Defence Training Centre. Every day, Abthet is bussed to and from her home in the village community of Akordat. She hopes to grow her career at Bisha, possibly becoming a data clerk, or a receptionist in the mine’s main office.