The intersection of mining activities in terms of revenue flows and how local authorities support them is little understood. The consequence is that local authorities and residents feel mining operations do not benefit them. They only experience negative environmental and socio-economic effects. On the other hand, mining operators argue that local authorities do not provide them with any support hence they do not see any value in making contributions to local economies. National government and individual miners are therefore seen as the villains causing and sustaining mining-induced inequalities.
Through research our organization has found that, women’s full participation in the mining sector is constrained by “inadequately defined value chains and weaknesses in terms of mining-anchored development planning”. This is true of youth as well. A devolved framework that allows mining to be integrated into development planning based on core principles of value chain and local economic development (LED) is considered to be a critical framework for addressing this.
Study Aim and Specific Objectives
The study aims to enhance understanding of mineral revenue assessment, collection and utilisation with a focus on Mutoko, In this district, black granite are the minerals being extracted.
The specific objectives of the study are to
- Map the mining sector actors and mining operations in the districts by mineral;
- Collate mining sector output (extracted minerals) over the last 2 to 4 years;
- Collate mining sector gross income generated by local and national government agencies from the activities by type (e.g. royalties, corporate tax, licenses etc.);
- Identify the local and national government expenditure (public service delivery) financed from revenue/income generated from mining including in mining areas;
- Analyse any policy and practical gaps in mineral revenue assessment, collection and utilisation in the study districts making recommendations on how some of these can be addressed.
A mixed method approach (qualitative and quantitative) is anticipated for this study. The participation of relevant local and national government agencies is also expected as well as organised residents of the study districts. Considering COVID19 a methodology that does not put both researchers and study participants at risk is recommended. The organization will contribute to the finalisation of an appropriate methodology in consultation with the successful consultant as well as its district partners and stakeholders.
Qualifications, Experience, and a sample of work
- Advanced degree in Social Science or related field with experience in development work.
- A qualification in women’s rights and gender studies will be an added advantage.
- More than 5 Years’ experience in related work.
Candidates interested in undertaking this work are encouraged to apply to email@example.com
Deadline: 10 August 2020