Multinational mining enterprises and small-scale artisanal miners: from confrontation to cooperation

Natalia Yakovleva, Diego Alfonso Vazquez-Brust

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Abstract

In many developing countries, multinational enterprises (MNEs) in mining operate alongside fast-growing communities of informal artisanal, small-scale miners, This has led to direct conflict and competition for mineral resources among these mining parties. This paper introduces the Salience and Institutional Analysis and Design framework as a means to analyze the MNE strategies used to address informal miners across different governance levels in the gold mining sector of Ghana and discusses the implications of these strategies for sustainability. We identify the emergence of a cooperative strategy with informal miners as a sustainable alternative to the political strategy of reliance on the state to protect tenure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-62
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of World Business
Volume53
Issue number1
Early online date16 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • MNEs
  • CSR
  • artisanal mining
  • IAD
  • stakeholder salience
  • informalit

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