ESRF hosts Public Seminar on the Impact of Mining on Spatial Inequality in Africa.

    On Friday 13th January 2017 the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) organized a Public Seminar on The Impact of Mining on Spatial Inequality in Africa which was held at the ESRF Conference Hall.

    The seminar discussed the impact of mining on spatial inequality in Africa basing on empirical work undertaken recently by Dr. Tony Addison, Chief Economist and Deputy Director at the United Nations University World Institute for Economic Development Research (UNU-WIDER); Dr. Amadou Boly, Principal Research Economist, the African Development Bank (AfDB); and Dr. Anthony Mveyange, Economist at the World Bank Development Research Group (DECRG).

    This very important seminar challenged participant's thinking and provided useful insights on governance and economic management of our country especially in the extractive industry. Participants to the seminar were derived of mining stakeholders from the Government, Private Sector, CSO's and Academia.

    The paper carried out in the period between 2001-2012 shows that mining increases district inequality conditional on mineral type. It also shows that mineral wealth is both a blessing and curse but largely depends on the types and values of minerals and a number of such important and inter-related factors as status of mines, scale of operations, nature of mining activities, and values of minerals extracted. The effects of mining are not "one size fit all", rather they are leveraged by other important forces underpinning mining operations. Therefore Policy design has to take these dimensions into account.

    Last updated on 2017-01-18

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)