Abandoned mining machinery
The rate of sectoral transformation from rural agrarian to urbanised mining economies requires time for policymakers to appreciate the developmental processes underway. This study focuses on economic, social and cultural changes associated with rapid and/or erratic rates of urban growth by mining expansion in Angola, Ghana and Tanzania.

Mining and Social Transformation in Africa: Mineralizing and Democratizing Trends in Artisanal Production

 

After more than three decades of economic malaise, many African countries are experiencing an upsurge in their economic fortunes linked to the booming international market for minerals. Spurred by the shrinking viability of peasant agriculture, rural dwellers have been engaged in a massive search for alternative livelihoods, one of the most lucrative being artisanal mining.

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