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Can Microcredit Services Alleviate Hardship in African Small-Scale Mining Communities

Hilson, GM and Ackah-Baidoo, A (2011) Can Microcredit Services Alleviate Hardship in African Small-Scale Mining Communities World Development, 39 (7). pp. 1191-1203.

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Abstract

This paper critically examines the challenges with implementing microcreditservices for small-scale mine operators—individuals engaged in labor-intensive mineral extraction and/or processing using low-tech methods—in sub-Saharan Africa. The region’s policymakers have shied away from launching microcredit programs for small-scalemining, frustrated by the disappointing results of the past and unsure about how to proceed with implementation. Recent efforts to provide microcreditservices for operators in Talensi-Nabdam District, Northern Ghana, however, illustrate how with a renewed level of commitment and the development of blueprints which adequately address the appropriate criteria, fairly robust schemes can be launched.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hilson, GMg.m.hilson@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Ackah-Baidoo, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2011
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2010.10.004
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:17
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/818554

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