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New blog: Mining investment, community development, natural endowments and state regulation: what is lost?

Author: Fola Adeleke, Head of research: Mandela Institute, School of Law, University of Witwatersrand, Published on: 5 March 2015

'Africa: Mining investment, community development, natural endowments and state regulation: what is lost?', 3 Mar 2015:…[C]ivil society organisations and communities have developed an Alternative Mining Indaba as a response to what has been labelled the elitist nature of the official Mining Indaba, due to the exorbitant fees payable for registration and the prioritisation of investment negotiation and deal-making over issues such as sustainable development and the role of mining in socio-economic development. As an academic researcher, I had the privilege of attending both the Investing in African Mining Indaba and the NGO-convened Alternative Mining Indaba. This presented me with an opportunity to engage with the different – largely contradictory – narratives used by the mining sector on the one hand and NGOs and affected communities on the other to discuss the value of mining in Africa. Among conversations occurring within and between the two indabas, I identified five outcomes…

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