Extractives in Suriname: Skills, capital and personal investment in small-scale gold mining

Authors: Marjo De Theije*, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Topics: Latin America, Development, Natural Resources
Keywords: gold mining, Latin America, development
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 45
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The extraction of gold in Suriname takes diverse shapes, from large scale mines operated by multinational companies, to junior corporations that focus on the exploration of mineral resources, to a variety of small scale and artisanal gold mining activities. In the 21st century, the rising price of gold has caused massive flows of workers and knowledge all over the globe, and small scale gold mining brings many miners on the move. This flow of labor has significant economic, social and environmental effects. In this paper I look at the different appearances and impacts of small-scale gold mining in this Amazonian development corridor, focusing on knowledge, capital and personal investment.

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