Contribution of Mining Activities and Development in Africa: Private, Public and Multilateral Strategies

This research project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the context in which mining investment in Africa takes place. Based on a holistic analysis framework and case studies (Ghana, Mali and the Democratic Repubic of Congo), researchers the Groupe de recherche sur les activités minières en Afrique (GRAMA),working in partnership with researchers from the countries involved, will examine the norms and regulations to which the mining companies must conform, and how the institutional arrangements underpinning them influence the roles of private and public sector actors in mining development. This will enable the team to formulate precise recommendations addressed to private sector actors (companies and civil society organizations) and public sector actors (national, bilateral and multilateral plans), in such a way as to reduce the risk of conflict and ensure that mining activity makes a positive contribution to social and economic development in Africa.

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Start Date

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

End Date

Sunday, November 30, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Weston, Ann

Total funding

CA$ 420,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Mali


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Prof. Bonnie Campbell


University of Quebec in Montreal

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