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'A load too heavy': Critical reflections on the child labor problem in Africa's small-scale mining sector

Hilson, G. (2008) 'A load too heavy': Critical reflections on the child labor problem in Africa's small-scale mining sector. Children and Youth Services Review, 30 (11). pp. 1233-1245. ISSN 0190-7409

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2008.03.008

Abstract/Summary

This paper provides an extended analysis of the child labor problem in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, focusing specifically on the situation in sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, the issue of child labor in ASM has garnered significant attention from the International Labor Organization (ILO), which has been particularly active in raising public awareness of the problem; and, has proceeded to implement policies and collaborative project work aimed at Curtailing children's participation in ASM activities in a number of African countries. The analysis concludes with a critical appraisal of an ILO project recently launched in the Talensi-Nabdam District in the Upper East Region of Ghana, which sheds light on how the child labor problem is being tackled in practice in ASM communities in sub-Saharan Africa. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8656
Uncontrolled Keywords:Child labor, Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), Sub-Saharan, Africa, International Labor Organization (ILO), SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, GHANA, LIVELIHOODS, PARADOX, MERCURY, MINERS, RIGHTS, NORTH, WORK

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