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Title:Disputed access to the gold sites in Luhwindja, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Authors:Geenen, SaraISNI
Claessens, KlaraISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Volume:51
Issue:1
Pages:85-108
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:gold mining
multinational enterprises
land rights
resettlement
elite
Abstract:In a context of increased competition over natural resources, large-scale investors are showing renewed interest in eastern Congo's mineral resources. At the local level this is resulting in fierce disputes over access to land and to mining sites. This article offers an empirical study of access in Luhwindja, where a multinational mining company has recently begun to exploit gold. The authors first sketch the context, examining the overlapping legal fields and analysing how various actors gain and control access to the gold mines. Next they study how the arrival of Banro Corporation in Luhwindja has altered power relations at the local level. Looking more specifically at the displacement of artisanal miners and the resettlement of local communities, they demonstrate how the company, local elites and the local population have engaged in a complex struggle for access. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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