Mining FDI and urban economies in sub-Saharan Africa: Exploring the possible linkages
Since the mid-1990s many African countries have experienced rapid and sustained growth in foreign direct investment associated with the exploitation of oil and mineral resources. This has seen economic growth in some countries rising to levels more generally associated with fast-growth Asian nations. Previous bouts of mining-related commodity booms in parts of the continent were often described as doing little more than mimicking the patterns of colonial-extractive development, thus leading to little in the way of sustained and more widely felt economic transformations. However, in a context where African cities are continuing to grow, it is important to explore the relationships, if any, between this increasingly dominant contributor to GDP and investment in urban centres. This article explores some recent research in an effort to consider what the possible connections between mineral and urban economic trajectories might be with reference to a few selected countries. These include economic opportunities arising from urbanisation itself and those related to backward and forward linkages of both formal and informal mining processes.
Volume (Year): 28 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/index.shtml|
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:28:y:2013:i:2:p:158-169. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (SAGE Publications)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.