IAS researchers are part of collaborative research project on “Uncovering women’s experiences in artisanal and small-scale mining in Central and East Africa.”

This week, Carleton University (the Institute of African Studies), Partnership Africa Canada and the Development Research (PAC) and Social Policy Analysis Centre (DRASPAC, based in Kampala, Uganda) launched a new 3-year research project aimed at providing an in-depth understanding of women’s economic roles in artisanal and small-scale mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. Women perform a variety of roles in artisanal mining, from stone crushing to trading. In some mines, they make up 50% or more of the mining population. The project will explore conditions that shape women’s access to economic resources and how these are affected by regulatory policies and reforms.

The project is supported through the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program, which is jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Dr. Jennifer Hinton, adjunct professor at the Institute of African Studies, is Carleton’s lead researcher on the project.  Other Carleton researchers include Doris Buss, Blair Rutherford, Pauline Rankin, and Jennifer Stewart.

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