Theoretical and practical motives for participation obstacles in resettlement programs: Review from the mining perspective

Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael O. and Ackuayi, Eric Doe and Abunyewah, Matthew and Appiah, Solomon O. (2014) Theoretical and practical motives for participation obstacles in resettlement programs: Review from the mining perspective. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 5 (14). pp. 119-128. ISSN 2222-1700

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Studies on the rationale for effective involvement of affected population in resettlement programs have increased significantly in recent years. Yet, practical aspects of handling participation challenges remain under researched. This paper assesses the effectiveness of livelihood-promoting interventions in mining-induced resettlement programs using case evidences from the literature. The paper first reviews the historical background of the concept and other ideas that have come to brand the practice over time. It further justifies the discussion in the context of the mining industry. Thirdly, the paper adopts the concept of territorial governance to provide a theoretical base for the focus of the paper. After the theoretical justification, the paper reviews case evidences in context of engagement prospects and challenges in resettlement programs. Finally, the paper makes suggestions that have policy implications to help better the current resettlement practices.The paper observes that until participation challenges are overcome by resettlement practitioners, mining-induced displacement and resettlement (MIDR) programs cannot revitalise the livelihoods of the affected population as envisioned in resettlement guidelines.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2015 01:20
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 00:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: resettlement programs, mining induced displacement and resettlement, stakeholder participation, participation challenges
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140219 Welfare Economics
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement

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