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Artisanal gold mining at the margins of mineral resource governance : a case from Tanzania

Fisher, E. (2008) Artisanal gold mining at the margins of mineral resource governance : a case from Tanzania. Development Southern Africa, 25 (2). pp. 199-213. ISSN 1470-3637

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This article discusses the character of mineral resource governance at the margins of the state in Tanzania and the way artisanal gold miners are incorporated into mineral sector transformation. The landscape of mineral resource exploitation has changed dramatically over the past 20 years: processes of economic liberalisation have heralded massive foreign investment in large-scale gold mining, while also stimulating artisanal activities. Against this background, the article shows how artisanal gold miners are affected by contradictory processes: some have become integrated with state institutions and legal processes, while others, the large majority, are either further excluded or incorporated in ways that exacerbate insecurity and exploitation, underpinned by socio-economic inequalities. These processes are compounded by the actions of large-scale and medium-scale gold mining companies and by poor local governance. It is open to debate whether this will bring improved integration and welfare for artisanal mining communities or new forms of exclusion, although evidence suggests the latter.

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Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of International Development
ID Code:30540
Publisher:Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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