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Mining Policy, Water Conflicts and Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana: Perspectives from the Wassa West District
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering. (Vattenförvaltning, Water Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6166-4992
Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana.
2005 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Using evidence from content analysis of secondary data in combination with findings from an ongoing study on mining and contamination of water resources in the Wassa West District, this paper highlights the links between mining policy, water conflicts and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in communities within the study district. Drawing mainly data from the review of cases of mining companies, the paper also examines activities undertaken by some mining companies as part of CSR in the host communities. Findings suggest that whereas there are general complaints concerning contamination of water bodies by mining activities in communities, there are contradictions between what the local residents perceive as risk and what the views held by mining companies and experts. Reactions to reported cases of pollution are therefore open to individual interpretations—subjective or otherwise. This is largely attributed to poor communication among stakeholders. Findings also do show that mining companies are involved in the discharge of CSR through the provision of potable water supply, social infrastructure, amongst others. What remains yet to establish is the level of engagement that will match the expectations of host communities as far as improvement in water quality is concerned. A model for effective information communication is therefore proposed towards building co-operation in mining related water-conflict mediation in the district.

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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62745OAI: diva2:481078
4th International Water History Association Conference: “Water and Civilization”, Paris, France, 1-4 Dec 2005
QC 20120202Available from: 2012-02-02 Created: 2012-01-20 Last updated: 2012-02-02Bibliographically approved

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