Gender equality in artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana: assessing progress towards SDG 5 using salience and institutional analysis and design

Natalia Yakovleva*, Diego Alfonso Vazquez-Brust, Francis Arthur-Holmes, Kwaku Abrefa Busia

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Abstract

Although a growing body of research emphasizes the role of women in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in developing countries, gender inequality is still persistent in the sector. The paper investigates whether ASM sector policies integrate gender equality principles of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, we analyze the implications of formalization policy and a ban on informal mining for the attainment of SDG 5 (Gender Equality) using a qualitative case study of informal gold mining in Ghana. In this study, we assess how these solutions to ASM governance engage with gender equality targets and women’s participation in the governance functions using Salience and Institutional Analysis and Design (SIAD) framework. We highlight policy shortcomings with regards to internationally agreed targets on gender equality and draw recommendations for formalization policies in the ASM sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-102
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Volume136
Early online date14 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)
  • gender equality
  • institutional analysis and design
  • stakeholder salience
  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • Ghana

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