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"The ladder that sends us to wealth" : artisanal mining and poverty reduction in Tanzania

Fisher, E., Mwaipopo, R., Mutagwaba, W., Nyange, D. and Yaron, G. (2009) "The ladder that sends us to wealth" : artisanal mining and poverty reduction in Tanzania. Resources Policy, 34 (1-2). pp. 32-38. ISSN 0301-4207

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2008.05.003

Abstract/Summary

This article explores the contribution that artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) makes to poverty reduction in Tanzania, based on data on gold and diamond mining in Mwanza Region. The evidence suggests that people working in mining or related services are less likely to be in poverty than those with other occupations. However, the picture is complex; while mining income can help reduce poverty and provide a buffer from livelihood shocks, peoples inability to obtain a formal mineral claim, or to effectively exploit their claims, contributes to insecurity. This is reinforced by a context in which ASM is peripheral to large-scale mining interests, is only gradually being addressed within national poverty reduction policies, and is segregated from district-level planning.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Livelihoods Research
ID Code:30535
Uncontrolled Keywords:Artisanal and small-scale mining; poverty reduction; gold; diamonds; Tanzania
Publisher:Elsevier

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