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Resource policies and small-scale gold mining in Zimbabwe

  • Spiegel, Samuel J.
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    This article examines the policy framework in place for small-scale gold mining in Zimbabwe. Through an analysis of stakeholder interviews and industry performance, the paper argues that the main government initiatives to manage gold mining in recent years have proved counterproductive, as economic returns from minerals have hemorrhaged due to increased illegal activity. The failure of authorities to adopt an all-stakeholder approach for designing appropriate resource policies has weakened the sector's productivity and created new problems. A drastic policy overhaul that emphasizes improved access to fair gold prices, the delivery of technical assistance to vulnerable workers, and streamlining of regulatory institutions is urgently needed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resources Policy.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1-2 ()
    Pages: 39-44

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:34:y:2009:i:1-2:p:39-44
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    1. Hollaway, John, 1997. "Mineral policy in Zimbabwe: Its evolution, achievements and challenges," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 23(1-2), pages 27-32, June.
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