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Earth Institute Research Projects

Tanzania Mining

Lead PI: Joshua D. Fisher

Unit Affiliation: Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4)

January 2017 - December 2018
Inactive
Africa ; Tanzania
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project looked at the environmental, health, economic, and social impacts of late-stage gold mining operations in Biharamulo, Tanzania. Using a qualitative approach, this project involved local communities in assessing the impacts of a mine facing downscaling and nationalization, for broader insights into the ramifications of extractive industry governance in Tanzania.

OUTCOMES: Knowledge generated around impacts of mine transitions; Through interviews with community members around the around the mines in January 2017, the data was coded and analyzed, showing a complex relationship between corporate social responsibility, relative community deprivation, and the role of public versus private institutions.

SPONSOR:

UNESCO Grant Abandoned Mines in Africa

RESEARCH TEAM:

Dr. Anja Tolonen, Madison Condon, Sophia Rhee

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

Barnard College, Columbia Law School

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

The Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences - Bugando, Tanzania

PUBLICATIONS:

Understanding environmental, health and economic activity interactions following transition of ownership in gold mining areas in Tanzania: A case of private to public; Land Use Policy Journal

KEYWORDS

public health extractive industry mining public private partnerships (ppp)

THEMES

Stewardship of the planet