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Päivi Lujala & John Narh (2020) Ghana’s Minerals Development Fund Act: addressing the needs of mining communities, Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 38:2, 183-200, DOI: 10.1080/02646811.2019.1686250

Ghana’s Minerals Development Fund Act : addressing the needs of mining communities

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Author: Lujala, Päivi1; Narh, John2
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, PL 8000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
2Department of Geography, NO-7491, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-05-19


Despite a large mining sector and a well-structured mineral revenue distribution system, mining communities are among the poorest in Ghana. To promote socio-economic development in the mining communities, in 2016, the Parliament of Ghana passed the Minerals Development Fund Act. This article examines the Act’s potential in addressing existing challenges in the allocation and utilisation of mineral royalties in Ghana and its potential in promoting development in Ghana’s mining communities. It shows that the Act missed the opportunity to address misuse of mineral royalties and to encourage local participation and increase transparency and accountability in mineral royalty management.

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Series: Journal of energy & natural resources law
ISSN: 0264-6811
ISSN-E: 2376-4538
ISSN-L: 0264-6811
Volume: 38
Issue: 2
Pages: 183 - 200
DOI: 10.1080/02646811.2019.1686250
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2019 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law on 19 Nov 2019, available online: