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Kasimba, S. A., & Lujala, P. (2021). Examining Host Communities’ Perceptions on Trust Funds as Corporate Strategies for Community Development in Ghana. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 56(6), 1386–1402.

Examining host communities’ perceptions on trust funds as corporate strategies for community development in Ghana

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Author: Kasimba, Sam A.1; Lujala, Päivi2
Organizations: 1Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
2Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2021
Publish Date: 2020-10-28


Mining companies increasingly adopt trusts, foundations, and funds as part of their efforts to obtain and maintain a social license to operate and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies for community development. Using qualitative methodology, this article examined host communities’ perceptions of two mining company-financed trust funds in Ghana. The interviews revealed that although the community members considered some aspects of the trust funds positively, the trust funds’ overall objectives to promote meaningful participation of local community members and contribute to local development had not been met. Inadequate planning and needs assessments, and inflexibility in externally framed CSR practices that were unfavorable to the operational contexts, were among the key factors undermining the success of the trust funds.

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Series: Journal of Asian and African studies
ISSN: 0021-9096
ISSN-E: 1745-2538
ISSN-L: 0021-9096
Volume: 56
Issue: 6
Pages: 1386 - 1402
DOI: 10.1177/0021909620967382
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Research Council of Norway under Grant 231757 and the Academy of Finland under Grants 309206 and 314143.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 309206
Detailed Information: 309206 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
314143 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2020. article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (