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The gold digger and the machine. Evidence on the distributive effect of the artisanal and industrial gold rushes in Burkina Faso

We provide the first country wide quantification of how artisanal mines increase the consumption of local populations in Burkina Faso. The multiplication by four of the world gold price between 1998 and 2014 translated into an increase in consumption of about 10% on average for people living near artisanal mines. In 2014, we estimate that 640,800 Burkinabes, representing nearly 4% of the total population of the country, were directly involved in ASM activities. Multiplying each artisanal miner by five dependents, the multiplier used by the UN report (2016), makes artisanal mining central to the livelihood of 3,200,000 people, which corresponds to 18% of the country’s population at the time.

Additional Info

Author(s)
R Bazillier, V Girard
Publication Year
2019
Language
English
Publishing Institution Webpage
https://novafrica.org/
Data Source Classification
Academic Study
Research Type
Both
Research Methodology
Secondary - PREVIOUS RESEARCH, Secondary - OFFICIAL STATISTICS, Other, Primary - ANECDOTAL
Thematic Tags
Political, Large-scale Mining, Economic, Government Revenue, Income, Market Linkages, Social, Employment, Health and Safety, Livelihoods, Environmental, Pollution
Minerals
Gold
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Burkina Faso
Last Updated
June 22, 2020