Tanzania: Study concludes mining companies should go beyond voluntary efforts & ensure they 'do no harm' to local communities

IPIS has published a report, presenting a bird’s-eye view on communities’ relations with industrial miners in northwest Tanzania. The study concludes that mining companies have taken the first steps towards gaining social licenses to operate. However, businesses should to go beyond voluntary efforts to ‘do good’, towards ensuring that they ‘do no harm’.

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5 September 2019

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Author: IPIS

"Dissecting the social license to operate: Local community perceptions of industrial mining in northwest Tanzania"

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5 September 2019

Study on local communities perceptions about large mining companies in Tanzania

Author: IPIS

" Dissecting the Social License to Operate: Local Community Perceptions of Industrial Mining in Northwest Tanzania"

Discussions on industrial mining often revolve around the sector’s contribution to domestic revenue generation. The local impact on the rural communities wherein most of these companies operate receives much less attention. To bring the voices of these communities to the centre of the debate, IPIS conducted surveys on community perspectives in 32 villages nearby six industrial mines in northwest Tanzania.

Communities living around extractive operations arguably have most to win and lose from the mining industry. A better understanding of their perspectives on industrial mining, of the benefits and harms they feel, of the human rights violations they suffer, of what they appreciate and regret, of the bases of their trust or distrust, is essential for both governmental and corporate actors to inform their policies and practices on improving the societal impact and acceptance of industrial mining.

This exploratory study consists of a report, presenting a bird’s-eye view on communities’ relations with industrial miners in northwest Tanzania, as well as two new layers on the IPIS webmap of Mining in Tanzania. The latter allows users to visualize a number of key indicators for each sampled mine and surveyed village.

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