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Africa's Mineral Fortune

The Science and Politics of Mining and Sustainable Development, 1st Edition

Edited by Saleem H. Ali, Kathryn Sturman, Nina Collins


310 pages | 64 B/W Illus.

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For too long Africa's mineral fortune has been lamented as a resource curse that has led to conflict rather than development for much of the continent. Yet times are changing and the opportunities to bring technical expertise on modern mining alongside appropriate governance mechanisms for social development are becoming more accessible in Africa.  

This book synthesizes perspectives from multiple disciplines to address Africa’s development goals in relation to its mineral resources. The authors cover ways of addressing a range of policy challenges, environmental concerns, and public health impacts and also consider the role of globalization within the extractive industries. Academic research is coupled with key field vignettes from practitioners exemplifying case studies throughout. The book summarizes the challenges of natural resource governance, suggesting ways in which mining can be more effectively managed in Africa. By providing an analytical framework it highlights the essential intersection between natural and social sciences, central to efficient and effective harnessing of the potential for minerals and mining to be a contributor to positive development in Africa.

It will be of interest to policy makers, industry professionals, and researchers in the extractive industries, as well as to the broader development community.


"A timely and comprehensive treatment of an issue vital to Africa’s future success" - Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, UK

Table of Contents


Saleem H. Ali and Kathryn Sturman

Part I: The Politics of African Mining

Chapter 1: Harmonizing African Resource Politics? Lessons from the African Mineral Development Centre

Rodger Barnes, Kojo Busia and Marit Kitaw

Chapter 2: Taking Account of Conflict Risks in Africa’s resource governance

Kathryn Sturman and Fitsum Weldegiorgis

Chapter 3: Chinese Mining in Africa and its Global Controversy

Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong

Chapter 4: Field Vignette. Moving from Prescriptive to Performance Based Regulation: The Case of Waste Management

Andy Fourie, Mwiya Songolo and James McIntosh

Chapter 5: Field Vignette. Ghana’s Policy on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining

Benjamin Aryee

Part II: Data and Models: Supporting Strategic Planning for Africa’s Minerals

Chapter 6: Developing accurate and accessible geoscience data for sustainable mining in Africa

Judith Kinnaird and Raymond Durrheim

Chapter 7: Challenges in Measuring the Local and Regional Contributions of Mining: Lessons from Case Studies in Rwanda, Zambia and Ghana.

Julia Horsley and Shabbir Ahmed

Chapter 8: Measuring Transformative Development from Mining: A case Study of Madagascar

Fitsum Weldegiorgis and Cristian Parra

Chapter 9: Field Vignette. The Extractives Dependence Index and its Applications to Africa

Degol Hailu, and Chinpihoi Kipgen

Chapter 10: Field Vignette. The West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI)

M.W. Jessel and WAXI Team

Part III: Environment, Health and Innovation

Chapter 11: Africa’s mineral and biodiversity wealth: Approaches to reduce conflict between extractive development and environmental conservation

Mahlette Betre, Marielle Canter Weikel, Romy Chevallier, Janet Edmond, Rosimeiry Portela, Zachary Wells, and Jennifer Blaha

Chapter 12: Ebola and emerging infections: Managing risks to the mining industry

Osman A Dar, Francesca Viliani, Hisham Tariq, Emmeline Buckley, Abbas Omaar, Eloghene Otobo and David L. Heymann

Chapter 13: Mineral investment decision making in Africa: A real options approach in integrating price and environmental risks

Kwasi Ampofo and Alidu Babatu Adam

Chapter 14: The potential of Zambian Copper-Cobalt metallophytes for phytoremediation of minerals wastes

Antony van der Ent, Peter Erskine, Royd Vinya, Jolanta Mesjasz- Przybyłowicz) and François Malaisse

Chapter 15: Field Vignette. South Africa’s Underground Women Miners

Asanda Benya,

Chapter 16: Field Vignette. Sapphire mining, water and women’s health

Lynda Lawson

Part IV: Reconciling Scales of Mining Governance

Chapter 17: Strategies for working with artisanal and small-scale miners in sub-Saharan Africa

Nina Collins and Lynda Lawson

Chapter 18: Community health, safety and sanitation: considering localized governance and monitoring of water quality

Danellie Lynas and Gernelyn Logrosa and Ben Fawcett

Chapter 19: Gauging the effectiveness of certification schemes and standards for responsible mining in Africa

Renzo Mori Junior

Chapter 20: Field Vignette. Sourcing Conflict Free Minerals from Central Africa

Stephen B. Young

Chapter 21: Field Vignette. The Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group (AAMEG)

Trish O’Reilly

CONCLUSION: Beyond African Exceptionalism in Harmonising Science and Politics for Development

Kathryn Sturman and Saleem H. Ali

About the Editors

Saleem H. Ali is Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, USA. He also holds Adjunct Professor status for both the Global Change Institute and the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he previously served as Chair in Sustainable Resource Development and Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy.

Kathryn Sturman is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia. She is an international relations specialist in resource governance and policy considerations of mining for human security and development.

Nina Collins is the Mining Advocacy Coordinator at Oxfam Australia, focusing on the operations of Australian mining, oil, and gas companies operating in developing countries and their impacts on communities. She is also an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies of the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to the extractive industries and sustainable development, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development