SPP Doctoral Student Publishes Research on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Zambia

April 7, 2017

“There is an assumption that formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) generates important benefits by, for example, improving peoples’ access to capital and leading to greater government support. This study is an inquiry into whether this has been the case in the Zambian context,” explains public policy doctoral student Agatha Siwale. This is an especially important topic because, as Siwale notes, ASM “is estimated to employ, collectively, at least 13 million people, and provide a livelihood for at least 100 million others who purportedly rely on it indirectly for their livelihoods.”

This topic is the focus of Siwale’s doctoral research. It is also the subject that she explores in a co-authored article that was recently published in The Extractive Industries and Society.  “In the article, we look at the emerald sector in Zambia and find that there have been only limited benefits,” she says.

You can read the article here.