“The mines make us poor” | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
February 2019
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GLOCON's new country Report examines the impact of industrial mining in Burkina Faso on the local population, focusing on the view of residents of six industrial mining locations. Surveys in the affected villages demonstrate that, in contrast to the promises of mining companies and state authorities, the opening of the mines has not improved the conditions of living in the villages. On the contrary, respondents emphasise negative impacts on their livelihoods and health, and that they feel disrespected by the mine operators. People protest in various ways; they demand compensation payments, employment and income generating opportunities, and investment in the local infrastructure. 

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Franza Drechsel

Bettina Engels

Mirka Schäfer


“Global change – local conflicts? Land conflicts in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa in the context of interdependent transformation processes” (GLOCON) is a Junior Research Group working on the correlation between global change and local conflicts over land. The research project explores how global spatial-temporal transformation processes affect local land conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Its focus lies furthermore on the analysis of systematic similarities and differences between those regions.

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