This FWO-funded project critically assessed backward linkages from large-scale mining, focusing on work contracts and work conditons in subcontracting companies operating in large-scale gold mines in Ghana and the DRC. In April/May 2017 we carried out a survey among 130 workers and 10 managers of subcontractors working for Banro Corporation in Luhwindja, Eastern DRC. In addition, 10 individual interviews and 10 focus group discussions were organized. In April 2018, 110 workers and 10 managers were surveyed in Namoya; 16 in-depth interviews and 10 focus group discussions were carried out. In June 2019, workers and managers were surveyed in Durba, with subcontractors working for Kibali Goldmines. In September/October 2017 240 workers and 20 managers have been surveyed in Western Region, Ghana. 20 individual interviews and 20 focus group discussions were organized.
- Article Gold and Godfathers. Local content, politics, and capitalism in extractive industries
- Article Superfluous jobs in extractive industries. The usefulness/uselessness of job creation after dispossession
- Blog post The myth of sustainable jobs in extractive industries
- Working paper Industrie minière et développement local. Focus sur l’emploi dans les sous-traitances
- Precarious work and inequalities. In preparation