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Farai Maguwu: Small-scale Mining in post election Zimbabwe
25. Sep 2013 von 12:00 bis 14:00
The extractive industry has the potential of creating major government revenue in Zimbabwe. The rich mineral resources, especially the recently found alluvial diamond deposits, could provide the country with an estimated USD 10 billion income provided regulations for natural resource utilisation and management are in place and implemented. At present this is not the case.The Center for National Resource Governance seeks to work towards this objective with related research and documentation and by monitoring social corporate responsibility of the companies involved. Another approach employed by the Center is empowering local communities to enable their participation as equal stakeholders and promoting community based natural resource management. At present, small-scale mining represents an important source of income to half a million mostly illegal miners. The Center intends to bring stakeholders together in a policy dialogue in an effort to enable more conducive conflict resolution methods than the repressive measures currently taken by government. It will be interesting to see how the new ZANU-PF government is handling this issue. In the frame of this lunchtime event Farai Maguwu will discuss challenges and opportunities in the mining sector in the context of post election Zimbabwe.
Farai Maguwu is the founding director of the Center for Natural Resource Governance in Zimbabwe, a human rights activist and a visiting scholar. His research and documentation made the human rights violations in the Marange diamond fields nationally and internationally known. In 2011 his commitment earned him the Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award.
No registration required, no attendance fee.
Drinks are available; please bring your own sandwich.
Convenors: Afrika-Komitee and Centre for African Studies Basel