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Shootings and Burning Excavators: Some Rapid Reflections on the Government of Ghana’s Handling of the Informal Galamsey Mining ‘Menace’

Hilson, Gavin (2017) Shootings and Burning Excavators: Some Rapid Reflections on the Government of Ghana’s Handling of the Informal Galamsey Mining ‘Menace’ Resources Policy, 54. pp. 109-116.

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Abstract

This paper reflects critically on recent actions taken by the Government of Ghana to eliminate unlicensed artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) – popularly referred to as ‘galamsey’ – in the country. At a time when donors and other governments in sub-Saharan Africa are working diligently to identify ways to formalize ASM and to integrate the sector into broader economic and rural development frameworks, the Government of Ghana has turned to its military and police to combat illegal activity, at times describing its efforts as a ‘fight’ and the phenomenon itself as ‘a menace’. The decision of the government has come as a surprise, given that ASM accounts for more than 30 percent of the country's gold production, and employs close to one million people directly nationwide and generates millions of more jobs in the upstream and downstream industries it spawns.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hilson, Gaving.m.hilson@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 25 October 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.resourpol.2017.09.009
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : GhanaArtisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)GalamseyPovertyFormalization
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 03 Jan 2018 13:50
Last Modified : 15 May 2018 17:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845522

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