Publication
Title
'Who seeks, finds' : how artisanal miners and traders benefit from gold in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Author
Abstract
In a context of intensifying struggles to secure access to mineral resources, governments systematically endorse large-scale mining. In many regions, though, artisanal mining is a very important livelihood, from which different groups of people derive benefits. Understanding the micro-functioning of this sector, and thus understanding how people gain access to mineral resources, is a primary task for development actors. This article seeks to describe and analyse empirically how people benefit from artisanal mining and trade and which institutions and power relations shape their ability to benefit. Using the gold mines in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as a case study, the article demonstrates that artisanal miners and traders not only face constraints but also seize opportunities through forum shopping, personal relations and 'informal' norms. It also shows how people use 'access mechanisms' to secure access to the gold and to mitigate the uncertainties created by the particular institutional context.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European journal of development research. - London, 1989, currens
Publication
London : 2013
ISSN
0957-8811 [print]
1743-9728 [online]
Volume/pages
25:2(2013), p. 197-212
ISI
000316991600002
Full text (Publishers DOI)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 26.06.2012
Last edited 30.04.2017
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