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Local Industrial Shocks, Female Empowerment and Infant Health: Evidence from Africa’s Gold Mining Industry
November 5, 2014Washington, D.C.

This session focuses on the distribution of benefits from recent boom in gold mining. The panel will also review different models for integrating women into the mining sector and discuss their implications for Bank operations.

A Joint Gender CCSA, Justice Community of Practice, and Energy and Extractives GP Event 

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Limited opportunities for employment in Sub-Saharan Africa have pushed most women into informal sector activities and reinforced occupational segregation. For years, the traditional export oriented sectors such mining have been largely dominated by men. However, sustained economic growth largely fueled by rising global demand for natural resources and expansion of gold mining in the post-HIPC is creating new opportunities.

This session focuses on the distribution of benefits from recent boom in gold mining. Using difference-in-difference analysis it is shown that the expansion of gold mining is increasing income earning opportunities for women within the service sector. There are additional social benefits associated with women’s increased economic empowerment. In addition to falling child mortality, women are increasingly less likely to accept domestic violence. The panel will also review different models for integrating women into the mining sector and discuss their implications for Bank operations. 

Chair:

  • Jeffrey Thindwa, Practice Manager, Governance GP (GGOGA)

Speaker:

  • Anja Tolonen, Professor of Economics, University of Gothenburg (AFRCE)

Discussants:

  • Kristina Svenson, Sr.Operations Officer, Energy and Extractives GP (GEEDR)
  • Lucia Hanmer, Lead Economist, Gender CCSA (GCGDR)
 

 

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