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The articles below are the most recent additions to the Resource Extraction category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more Resource Extraction articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

Resource Extraction examines two primary areas: the structures and activities that support or undermine the relationship between investment and development; and the dynamics of stakeholder engagement in the struggles of local communities with their governments and multinational mining companies to gain some measure of control over their mineral resources and community life.

1. African Mining Vision 2050: part of the solution or part of the problem?
Author: Bench Marks Foundation Date Written: 22 October 2015
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: Bench Marks Foundation
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.bench-marks.org.za/
Key Words: Mining, African mining vision, minerals

Summary & Comment: Does the AMV ensure benefits for workers and communities from mining? Does it address women’s rights, environmental and health issues? Attention is not being paid to these mining issues because governments are “playing to the tune of investors and responding to their demands” and ignoring the needs of their people. JJ
2. Longer, analytical article. Normalizing the Unacceptable: A Review of COLONIAL EXTRACTIONS Race and Canadian Mining in Contemporary Africa
Author: Judith Marshall, review; Paula Butler, book Date Written: 9 October 2015
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: author.
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp/ID=27863
Key Words: Extractions, negotiations, racism, colonial-style,

Summary & Comment: "Paula Butler has given us a dense study of Canadian mining companies and their operations in various parts of Africa. She does so drawing on insights from Marxist/materialist analysis but more fundamentally embedding her study in post-colonial scholarship and critical race theory. In so doing, she attends not only to the operations of capit . . . [expand]
3. Women pay the price for Zambia mining expansion
Author: Magdalena Mis Date Written: 15 September 2015
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: Thompson Reuters Foundation
Secondary Category: Gender Source URL: http://www.trust.org/item/20150915010131-nxd08/?so
Key Words: Zambia, mining, First Quantum Minerals, Gender

Summary & Comment: A subsidiary of Canada-based First Quantum Minerals’ mining expansion has displaced almost 1,000 subsistence farmers. Much of the land was customary and therefore women were not consulted and have lost access to farmland, forests and rivers. As the conditions in the relocated village deteriorate other families in mine area are refusing to move a . . . [expand]
4. Largest Swiss refinery purchases gold extracted by children
Author: Berne Declaration Date Written: 10 September 2015
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: Berne Declaration
Secondary Category: Youth & Children Source URL: http://https://www.bernedeclaration.ch/media/press
Key Words: Mining, artisanal, tax avoidence, child labour, gold

Summary & Comment: The report identifies the route by which gold extracted in some artisanal mines, often by children, is smuggled out of Burkina Faso, thereby avoiding taxes and makes its way to a refinery in Switzerland. JJ
5. Commodities in Africa: How natural resources breed violence
Author: C.W. blog. Date Written: 27 August 2015
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: The Economist
Secondary Category: Human Rights Source URL: http://www.economist.com/blogs/
Key Words: Africa, conflict, natural resources,

Summary & Comment: This article describes a research report that addresses the economic link between natural resource extraction and conflict in Africa. The research indicates that the rise in commodity prices contributed to a significant increase in violence. JJ
6. Longer, analytical article. How the Harper government has helped mining companies plunder Africa
Author: Yves Engler Date Written: 20 August 2015
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: ricochet
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://https://ricochet.media/en/554/how-the-harpe
Key Words: Mining, Canada, foreign policy, Africa,

Summary & Comment: "Canadian policy in Africa has become largely synonymous with the interests of Canadian mining companies. The Harper Conservatives have sought to ensure that the continent’s mining policy serves the interests of foreign corporations, the majority of Africans be damned." JJ
7. African Civil Society Says No to Mining – Yes to Life!
Author: Alliance for Food Security in Africa (AFSA) Date Written: 9 August 2015
Primary Category: Resource Extraction Document Origin: Alliance for Food Security in Africa (AFSA)
Secondary Category: Food and Land Source URL: http://afsafrica.org
Key Words: mining, food security, Africa, civil society

Summary & Comment: The promotion of mining in Africa happens at the expense of “the healthy ecosystems that support Africa’s food systems and therefore the security/sovereignty of communities and farmers.” AFSA calls for a campaign to build on Africa’s strengths to stop the “continent from being the dumping ground for foreign systems and products.” JJ

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