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Are alternative livelihood projects alleviating poverty in mining communities? Experiences from Ghana

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Hilson, Gavin; Banchirigah, Sadia Mohammed

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Abstract This paper critiques the approach being taken in Ghana to identify and develop Alternative Livelihood (AL) and allied Local Economic Development (LED) projects in mining communities. The rapid insurgence of illegal artisanal gold mining in Ghana has forced policymakers to think more creatively about ways in which to deal with mounting unemployment in the country's rural areas. Most of the economic activities being promoted, however, have proved extremely unpopular with target groups. The policy approaches adopted reflect how little in tune the organizations championing AL policy in Ghana’s mining communities are with the mindsets and ambitions of target populations.
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Economic Sectors; Social Problems
Free Keywords Alternative Livelihood (AL) projects; poverty; social issues; Local Economic Development (LED) projects; mining; Ghana
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 172-196
Journal Journal of Development Studies, 45 (2009) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220380802553057
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)