Are alternative livelihood projects alleviating poverty in mining communities? Experiences from Ghana
Hilson, G. and Banchirigah, S. M. (2009) Are alternative livelihood projects alleviating poverty in mining communities? Experiences from Ghana. Journal of Development Studies, 45 (2). pp. 172-196. ISSN 0022-0388
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This paper critiques the approach being taken in Ghana to implement Alternative Livelihood (AL) projects in mining communities. The rapid insurgence of illegal artisanal gold mining has forced policymakers to think more creatively about ways in which to deal with mounting unemployment in the country's rural areas. Most of the economic activities being promoted, however, have proved highly unpopular with target groups. The adopted policy approaches reflect how little in tune the organisations championing AL activities are with the mindsets and ambitions of rural populations.