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Sam A. Kasimba, Päivi Lujala, There is no one amongst us with them! Transparency and participation in local natural resource revenue management, The Extractive Industries and Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2019, Pages 198-205, ISSN 2214-790X,

There is no one amongst us with them! : transparency and participation in local natural resource revenue management

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Author: Kasimba, Sam A.1; Lujala, Päivi1,2
Organizations: 1Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 7491 Trondheim, Norway
2Geography Research Unit, PL 8000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-10-23


To redistribute natural resource revenues back to local communities and to promote equitable benefit-sharing and inclusive decision-making, companies and governments increasingly use local benefit-sharing trust funds (LBSTFs) in resource-rich developing countries. Many LBSTFs manage substantial amounts of money, often in regions far from the central government and amongst politically and economically marginalized groups. Focusing on two LBSTFs in Ghana, this article examines the challenges for meaningful participation by local residents. The findings indicate that local residents lack access to relevant information, that the representation mechanisms in place restrict their opportunities to voice their opinions, and that they have no real influence on decision-making. In general, local residents feel a low sense of ownership towards the funds and the funded projects. The results suggest that to enhance meaningful participation, an LBSTF should be independent from the mining company and the intended beneficiaries themselves should be able to choose their representatives for the fund.

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Series: The extractive industries and society
ISSN: 2214-790X
ISSN-E: 2214-7918
ISSN-L: 2214-790X
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Pages: 198 - 205
DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2018.10.011
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: This work was supported by the Research Council of Norway [Grant No. 231757] and the Academy of Finland [Grant Nos. 314143 and 309206].
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 314143
Detailed Information: 314143 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
309206 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license