Impact of New Mining Technologies on Large-Scale and Artisanal Mining in Burkina Faso
With a poverty rate of over 40%, population growth of 3.1%, and a high level of youth unemployment and under-employment, Burkina Faso is heavily reliant on sectors like mining to provide decent jobs.
Job losses from automation in large-scale mining will mostly be in low-skilled jobs occupied by locals.
New technologies in the artisanal mining sector can bring much-needed improvements in efficiency and environmental performance but may also decimate employment among the most vulnerable: women and youth.
New technologies are changing the face of mining worldwide, with fundamental implications for the number and types of jobs the mine will support, as well as for health and safety, women’s place in the mine, greenhouse gas emissions, and the efficiency and viability of mining operations. IGF’s New Tech, New Deal project explored what types of technology we could expect to see, what the impacts might be, and what sorts of government policies are available to best manage the changing relationship between mines and their host countries and communities.
This case study, based on extensive interviews and research, describes the major impacts that Burkina Faso can expect, covering both the large-scale and artisanal mining sectors. The study was produced to feed into the final report of the New Tech, New Deal project.
You might also be interested in
Impact of New Mining Technologies on Local Procurement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
This IGF New Tech, New Deal case study of Democratic Republic of Congo examines the implications for local suppliers and policy options for governments.
IGF Case Study: The Importance of Consultation and Engagement in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
Highlighting good legal frameworks that cover a mine's life cycle and presenting illustrative cases from Canada and Peru.
IGF Case Study: Inclusive Closure and Post-Mining Transition at the Golden Pride Mine, Tanzania
This IGF case study of an open-pit gold mine in Tanzania provides good examples of how closure and post-mining transition can be done effectively and inclusively.
Illicit Financial Flows and Conflict in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining: Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger
This report examines artisanal mining in border areas plagued by conflict and presents recommendations for policy-makers in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.