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Tackling youth unemployment in sub-Saharan Africa: Is there a role for artisanal and small-scale mining?

Hilson, G and Osei, L (2014) Tackling youth unemployment in sub-Saharan Africa: Is there a role for artisanal and small-scale mining? FUTURES, 62. pp. 83-94.

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Abstract

This paper argues that a formalized and supported artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector could assist immeasurably with reducing the intensity of the youth unemployment crisis which now plagues sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of the region’s youth have pursued work in the ASM economy in various capacities, decisions which have brought muchneeded stability in a landscape devoid of formal sector job opportunities. Host governments and donors, however, have often condemned these moves, failing to fully appreciate why youth have pursued work in ASM in the first place and the impact it has had on their livelihoods. Whilst by no means the solution to the youth unemployment problem in sub-Saharan Africa, heightened emphasis on formalizing and supporting ASM could certainly buy policymakers and donors some valuable time – at least in the short term – to sufficiently ‘re-think’ their ineffective approaches to tackling the crisis

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Hilson, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Osei, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 October 2014
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.futures.2014.05.004
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Sciences, Economics, Planning & Development, Business & Economics, Public Administration, Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), Livelihoods, Sub-Saharan Africa, Youth, Unemployment, MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS, CONFLICT SIERRA-LEONE, COMMUNITIES EXPERIENCES, CHILD LABOR, GHANA, POVERTY, MERCURY, CHALLENGES, SECTOR
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Additional Information : © 2014. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Oct 2015 18:17
Last Modified : 01 Oct 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807431

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