Towards a Post-Conflict Transition: Women and Artisanal Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Perks, Rachel. 2011. “Towards a Post-Conflict Transition: Women and Artisanal Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” In Gendering the Field: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for Mining Communities, edited by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, 177-95. Canberra, Australia: Australian National University E Press.

Author: Rachel Perks


This chapter represents a range of experiences by development actors, foreign donors, government and mining companies in response to the challenge of women’s issues in the artisanal mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Although some statistics and trends are common across the country, this chapter speaks more specifically to the contexts of Katanga Province and Ituri District of Orientale Province. It does not in any way attempt to generalise what is a very diverse economic and social environment. It draws from Pact’s work within a public-private partnership aimed at improving governance and livelihoods in the DRC mining sector. (Perks, 2011, p. 177).

Topics: Development, Economies, Extractive Industries, Gender, Women, Gender Roles, Livelihoods, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Regions: Africa, Central Africa Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Year: 2011

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