Mining and community development: Problems and possibilities of local-level practice
Keywords950402 Business Ethics
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
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AbstractThis article examines local-level community development (CD) facilitated by the mining industry. It moves beyond polarized debates that pit CD in mining as either a front for public relations or a genuine attempt to facilitate development in order to build understanding and critical awareness of problems and possibilities of local-level CD practice. Publicly available information and prior work and research with community practitioners in mining provide a basis for the analysis. The article makes a contribution to literature about the role of business in development and the mining industry's capacity to contribute to poverty reduction and human development.