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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Mining in Africa: regulation and development
Editor:Campbell, BonnieISNI
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Pluto Press
ISBN:9780745329406; 9780745329390; 9781552504505; 9789171066473
Geographic terms:Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:mining law
Abstract:The five country case studies in this collective volume - Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali - analyse the reform of past regulatory frameworks of the mining sector in Africa and the impact of implementing the resulting policies. In analysing current trends in the revision of mining legislation, the authors use the three main areas of recommendations of the World Bank Group's Extractive Industries Review (2003) as benchmarks, viz. pro-poor public and corporate governance, much more effective social and environmental policies, and respect for human rights. They note that a surge of activity in the mining sector will not on its own bring a process of economic diversification capable of promoting self-sustaining development in the absence of supportive public policies. Moreover, it is questionable whether this objective is compatible with the role that has been assigned to States, and more specifically State functions in the mining sector, as a result of the institutional reforms brought in at the recommendation of the international financial institutions. The case studies illustrate the ambiguity of the social and political responsibility for overseeing the expansion of mining activities, and the blurring of the divide between the public and the private spheres of responsibility, whether it be for the elaboration of norms, monitoring these norms, bringing remedial measures or providing basic social services. The case studies are by Thomas Akabzaa (Ghana), Bonnie Campbell (Guinea), Gisèle Belem (Mali), Bruno Sarrasin (Madagascar) and Marie Mazalto (Democratic Republic of Congo). The introduction and conclusion are by Bonnie Campbell. [ASC Leiden abstract]