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Sam A Kasimba , Päivi Lujala, Community based participatory governance platforms and sharing of mining benefits: evidence from Ghana, Community Development Journal, Volume 57, Issue 4, October 2022, Pages 635–654,

Community based participatory governance platforms and sharing of mining benefits : evidence from Ghana

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Author: Kasimba, Sam A.1; Lujala, Päivi2
Organizations: 1Department of Geography , Norwegian University of Science and Technology , NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
2Geography Research Unit , University of Oulu , Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Oxford University Press, 2022
Publish Date: 2021-08-20


Participatory governance at the community level natural resource revenue management is thought to promote local stakeholders’ interests in how benefits from extraction are shared, strengthen the legitimacy of decisions, and enhance the quality of development projects financed by resource revenues. This article develops a framework to study the potential of localized participatory governance platforms in natural resource revenue management from the viewpoint of the intended beneficiaries, the local community members living in communities hosting large-scale extraction. The study focuses on local benefit-sharing trust funds that receive substantial amounts of funding to finance community development projects. Analysing in-depth two trust funds in Ghana, the article finds that the studied trust funds face three key challenges related to their participatory governance platforms: inadequate inclusion of community members in the processes that established the platforms, lack of relevant knowledge among the platform participants, and power asymmetries. The findings suggest that there is a need to include all intended platform stakeholders already in the processes leading to the platform establishment; ensure the platform’s legitimacy and independence in the eyes of the weaker stakeholders; and build capacity among the platform participants to ensure knowledge-based decisions.

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Series: Community development journal
ISSN: 0010-3802
ISSN-E: 1468-2656
ISSN-L: 0010-3802
Volume: 57
Issue: 4
Pages: 635 - 654
DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bsab021
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Funding: The work was supported by the Research Council of Norway (number 231757) and the Academy of Finland (numbers 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: © Oxford University Press and Community Development Journal 2021. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.