Small-scale Mining, Rural Subsistence, and Poverty in West Africa
This book aims to facilitate a radical change in the way in which policies and support services are implemented for ASM by underscoring the importance of improving understanding of the industry’s population and industry dynamics. Focusing upon the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the book raises important questions concerning the general approach taken to deliver support for ASM, and presents findings from community-based research, a key to strengthening industry policy and assistance.
|FOREWORD by Ian Smillie, Partnership Africa Canada, Ottawa|
|Introduction: Resuscitating the Policy and Research Agendas for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining|
|1. Section 1: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in West Africa – An Overview of the Issue|
|2. Poverty and Economic Development in West Africa: An Historical Analysis|
|3. Poverty and Artisanal Mining in West Africa|
|4. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in West Africa: An Overview of Sustainable Development and Environmental Issues|
|5. Mercury: An Agent of Poverty in West Africa’s Small-Scale Gold Mining Industry|
|6. Fostering cooperation between small- and large-scale gold miners in West Africa|
|7. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in West Africa: Achieving Sustainable Development through Environmental and Human Rights Law|
|8. Section 2: Country Case Studies – Francophone West Africa|
|9. Artisanal Mining in Mali: An Overview of the Issues|
|10. Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mines in Burkina Faso: Today and Tomorrow|
|11. Artisanal Gold Mining in Burkina Faso: Permits, Poverty and Perceptions of the Poor in Sanmatenga, The ‘Land of Gold’|
|12. Artisanal Gold-Mining in Northern Benin: A Socio-Cultural Perspective|
|13. Section 3: Country Case Studies – Anglophone West Africa|
|14. Diamonds, poverty and war in Sierra Leone|
|15. Reflections on the Political Economy of Artisanal Diamond Mining in Kono District, Sierra Leone|
|16. Integrative Perspectives on Diamond Mining and Public Health in Akwatia, Ghana|
|17. Socio-Economic, Environmental and Policy Implications of Alluvial Diamond Mining in the Birim|
|18. ‘Live and Let’s Live’ – The Relationship between Artisanal/Small-Scale and Large-scale miners in Ghana: The Abosso Goldfields’ Experience|
|19. Strained relations: a critical assessment of the mining conflict in Prestea, Ghana|
|20. Addressing the Environmental Challenges of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Nigeria|
|Postscript: Progress on the Horizon?|
Gavin Hilson Gavin M. Hilson is Lecturer at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK.
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