African artisanal mining from the inside out: Access, norms, and power in Congo’s gold sector by Sara Geenen
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The author of the present book, which has been published in 2016, has worked as post-doc researcher for the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She performed fieldwork in South Kivu in the DRC between 2008 and 2012.
Prospecting African artisanal mining. In the first part, the author focuses on the African artisanal mining, its role and importance as well as its history. She analyzes the artisanal gold mining sector in South Kivu as a vivid example for artisanal and small-scale mining in other African countries. This artisanal mining sector plays an important role for the local economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and for the livelihood of millions of mine workers, other actors in the value chain, and their families. This is so important that the sector has received special attention in the African Mining Vision.
The region in Eastern DRC and artisanal gold mining are generally linked with the conflict mineral stereotype. The author develops...