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Female faces in informal ‘spaces’: Women and artisanal and small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa

Hilson, Gavin, Hilson, Abigail, Siwale, Agatha and Maconachie, Roy (2018) Female faces in informal ‘spaces’: Women and artisanal and small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa Africa Journal of Management, 4 (3). pp. 306-346.

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This paper critically examines how women employed in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)–low-tech mineral extraction and processing–in sub-Saharan Africa could be affected by moves made to formalize and support their activities under the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), ‘Africa’s own response to tackling the paradox of great mineral wealth existing side by side with pervasive poverty’. One of the main goals of the AMV is Boosting Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, which requires signatories to devise strategies for ‘Harnessing the potential of small scale mining to improve rural livelihoods and integration into the rural and national economy’. Moves being made to achieve this, however, could have an adverse impact on many of the women working in ASM in sub-Saharan Africa. Findings from the literature and research being undertaken by the authors in Sierra Leone and Zambia suggest that whilst most women engaged in ASM in the region work informally and as a result, face very challenging circumstances daily, many have adapted to their surroundings and now generate far more money than they would earn from any other income-earning activity. Governments must study these dynamics before taking action under the auspices of the AMV to formalize and support women in ASM.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Hilson, Abigail
Siwale, Agatha
Maconachie, Roy
Date : 9 October 2018
DOI : 10.1080/23322373.2018.1516940
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Africa Journal of Management on 9 October 2018, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM); sub-Saharan Africa; informal sector; women; poverty
Depositing User : Users 8 not found.
Date Deposited : 04 Sep 2018 17:18
Last Modified : 10 Apr 2020 02:08

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