Jones Bhalla In Migration And Sustainable LivelihoodsPresentation Transcript
In-Migration, Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining and Sustainable Livelihoods CASM Annual Conference Brasilia, Brazil October 2008 DIGGING TO DELIVER DEVELOPMENT
What is CommDev?
The World Bank/IFC Oil, Gas & Mining Sustainable Community Development Fund
$12 million fund focused on helping communities receive sustainable benefits from Extractive Industry (EI) projects;
Supports IFC/World Bank clients who want to collaborate to go above and beyond social and environmental safeguards;
Provides public goods for all stakeholders on community development in extractive communities;
Offers capacity building, technical assistance, tool development and information sharing through on-line Clearinghouse ( www.commdev.org );
DEFINITION Project induced in-migration (or influx ) describes the movement of people into an area in response to the prospect, development and/or operation of a project and the opportunities that the project presents or generate. ASM migrants, Ruashi Mine (Lubumbashi, DRC) Types of Migrants ASM migrants : seek mineral resources Other migrants : job-seekers, service providers, SMEs, entrepreneurs migrate to project area to seek jobs with the Company/Contractor or form part of the Company’s value chain. Illicit activities (prostitution, gambling and alcoholism can result.
Increased business opportunities ( transport, accommodation, food, goods services, skills development, migration of skilled workers);
Increased availability and accessibility of goods & services (entrepreneurs, service-providers, traders due to improved access and communication networks);
Local employment (SMEs, increased income = increased demand for goods and services);
Local conflict - tension and/or disputes between native populations and new- comers.
Environment - land degradation, deforestation, loss in biodiversity, housing, food and water shortages, pressure on agricultural land, over-hunting and fishing.
Health & Security - proliferation of diseases (STD/HIV/AIDS/ respiratory infections and waterborne diseases), insufficient ♯ of health centres, public insecurity, criminal behaviour.
Social - breakdown of cultural norms, traditional structures, native identity, social pathologies (alcoholism, drugs, gambling, prostitution).
Infrastructure – increased demand on services and utilities, schools, health centres, traffic.
ASM & Sustainable Livelihoods
Access to Finance: P rovide advice on opening accounts and requesting investment loans;
Vocational Training: E xplain how to become competent in artisanal mining, improve techniques and qualify for a national diploma in the practice;
Small Business Training: Livelihood alternatives in agriculture and micro-enterprise/supply chain/business skills development including a specific emphasis on support for women;
Safer Work Programs to improve ASM environmental practices through Educational training (ie. ILO);
Legal Markets to sell minerals produced;
Kalukundi Village is an artisanal mining village in Katanga, DRC, situated next to a mining concession. The photo shows quite clearly the temporary / transient nature of the village, which has been hacked out of miombo forest next to a mineralised 'fragment' (ore body). The vast majority of residents are young 'diggers' who have no intention of staying and no community ties. There are standard problems with sex work / STDs, drink, gambling, lack of sanitation / services etc. Kalukundi Village (Katanga, DRC)
Obajana Cement Plant, Nigeria Photo of food sellers who came to site to feed the workforce. In this case, most Nigerian workers had no access to canteens and didn't like the Indian contractors' food anyway, so an informal settlement arose directly across the highway from the contractors’ gate. This housed sex workers, food sellers, peddlers of cheap Chinese goods etc. Service providers are a major source of influx in most projects.
Is it possible to anticipate the magnitude of influx at a large-scale project site or a very prospective ASM site?
It is clear that many aspects of influx management are the domain of local/regional government. To what extent should a Company go beyond promoting awareness of influx issues to managing them?
Is it possible to create sustainable livelihoods for ASM and the local population when in-migration is time and project bound and occurs in under-developed remote regions of a country?
QUESTIONS FOR YOU
Direct - hiring of staff / contractors / sub-contractors / ASM ‘ rush’ (gold)
Opportunistic – spontaneous arrival of job-seekers, service providers, employee families, prostitution, entrepreneurs (selling market vegetables, alcohol, gambling), ASM workers.
Lack of government services in neighbouring region, access roads,
KEY PROJECT PHASE: Construction & Operations
SECTORS: Any large project, many smaller ones; most commonly infrastructure, extractive industries & manufacturing (especially remote locations).
‘ Push vs. Pull Factors’
Simandou Gold Mine, Guinea
Watafredou: 48% increase in in-migrants since 2007.
Moribadou: 39% increase.
Close proximity to base camp and mineral deposits;
Management Approaches and Sector Specific Interventions
Managing the Physical and Social Footprint of In-migration
Managing the Impacts of Project-Induced In-migration
2. Planning for influx with local authorities , designating sites, providing
3. Focus on capacity building for local authorities: district/town planning, infrastructure, health, security, traffic management
Ensure ESMP contains influx management plan , including construction camp plans, worker codes of conduct, etc.
Promote alternative livelihoods for ASM workers (is this possible?)
In-migration Discussion Forum (CommDev)
Recommendation to CASM Working Group
Strategic Economic Interventions for ASM
Information Clearinghouse www.CommDev.org
A resource for global good practices, tools, training programs and methodologies for supporting community development in mineral extractive environments
Over 1,500 selective resources available
Resource Center organized into 20 key topic areas
Set of tool kits to guide users implementing community development projects
Case studies, current news and events, glossary, external links and more…
Rush ASM Rush ASM presents negative environmental and social impacts. In cases of high-unit-value commodities, such as gold or diamonds, news of a major strike can cause the influx of tens of thousands of miners to an area in a matter of months. With expectations of high incomes and low capital investment, coupled with inadequate knowledge and skills, rush ASM often leads to dire social, environmental, and health conditions. These conditions are exacerbated by poor infrastructure and services and a lack of government presence in often marginalized, remote, and hastily established communities. ASM and In-migration: influx of miners due to sudden local discoveries, an exploration of minerals, external economical or geographical factors (drought, war, etc.) and booming commodity prices.
Sadiola Gold Mine, Mali (130,000 - 200,000 ASM in Mali)
Simandou, Guinea (80,000 - 150,000 ASM in Guinea)
THANK YOU Arjun Bhalla [email_address] Veronica Nyhan Jones [email_address]