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Artisanal Mining and the Rationalisation of Informality: Critical Reflections from Liberia

Across sub-Saharan Africa, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) represents a major source of direct and indirect employment. Yet, despite the livelihood benefits and the growing interest from governments, donors and policy makers to formalise ASM, most artisanal miners still operate informally. Focusing on Liberia, this article critically investigates the question of why formalisation efforts continue to fail and argues that the persistence of informality in the sector needs to first be understood as a rational strategy for those who profit from it. Only then can sustainable mining reforms be linked to broader national and international extractive sector policy frameworks.

Additional Info

Author(s)
R Maconachie, F Marco Conteh
Publication Year
2020
Language
English
Data Source Classification
Academic Study
Research Type
Both
Research Methodology
Primary - INTERVIEW, Primary - OBSERVATION, Secondary - PREVIOUS RESEARCH, Primary - ANECDOTAL
Thematic Tags
Political, Formalization, Governance, Social, Community, Employment, Labor and Working Conditions, Livelihoods, Legal, Laws and Regulations
Minerals
Diamond, Gold
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Liberia
Last Updated
June 3, 2021