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Opportunity or necessity? Conceptualizing entrepreneurship at African small-scale mines

Hilson, G., Hilson, A., Maconachie, R. (2018) Opportunity or necessity? Conceptualizing entrepreneurship at African small-scale mines. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 131 . pp. 286-302. ISSN 0040-1625. (doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2017.12.008) (KAR id:80597)

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Abstract

This article critically examines the policy environment in place for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) – low-tech, labour-intensive mineral extraction and processing – in sub-Saharan Africa, with a view to determining whether there is adequate ‘space’ for the sector's operators to flourish as entrepreneurs. In recent years, there has been growing attention paid to ASM in the region, particularly as a vehicle for stimulating local economic development. The work being planned under the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), a comprehensive policy agenda adopted by African heads of state in February 2009, could have an enormous impact on this front. One of its core objectives is to pressure host governments into Boosting Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining by following a series of streamlined recommendations. It is concluded, however, that there is a disconnect between how entrepreneurship in ASM has been interpreted and projected by proponents of the AMV on the one hand, and the form it has mostly taken in practice on the other hand. This gulf must be rapidly bridged if ASM is to have a transformative impact, economically, in the region. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.techfore.2017.12.008
Uncontrolled keywords: Innovation; Technological forecasting, Africa Mining Vision (AMV); Artisanal and small scale mining; Entrepreneurship; Labour-intensive; Local economic development; Mineral extraction; Small scale; Sub-saharan africa, Economic and social effects
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 14:26 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 15:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80597 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hilson, A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0785-6894
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