Revamping Artisanal Gold Mining in Zimbabwe to Catalyse Poverty Reduction

Image: Wikimedia Commons, FIFTY
Image: Wikimedia Commons, FIFTY

This briefing discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by the artisanal gold mining sector in Zimbabwe. It reflects on the measures needed to promote artisanal miners’ contribution to sustainable development, economic growth and poverty alleviation.

Current policy approaches, including the criminalisation of artisanal gold mining by the Zimbabwean authorities, have failed to address effectively persisting challenges such as land rights conflict, violence, environmental degradation and smuggling. If the costs of imperfect regulations are to be mitigated, new approaches are required, including improved regulations and interventions to formalise the sector. It is important that the conflict-ridden relationship between artisanal and small-scale miners and large-scale commercial miners be transformed into an inclusive stakeholder arrangement framed by mutual interests and co-operation.

28 May 2014

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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 94, May 2014
Sub-Saharan Africa
SAIIA Programme
Governance of Africa’s Resources
Mining, sustainable development
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