Building sustainable communities: Enhancing human capital in resource regions - Colombian case

Buitrago Franco, Blanca Isabel (2014). Building sustainable communities: Enhancing human capital in resource regions - Colombian case PhD Thesis, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland. doi:10.14264/uql.2014.379

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Author Buitrago Franco, Blanca Isabel
Thesis Title Building sustainable communities: Enhancing human capital in resource regions - Colombian case
School, Centre or Institute Sustainable Minerals Institute
Institution The University of Queensland
DOI 10.14264/uql.2014.379
Publication date 2014-10-30
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor John Minnery
Terry Maybury
Total pages 261
Language eng
Subjects 120501 Community Planning
150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Formatted abstract
In recent years, there has been increasing emphasis on the need for greater involvement of stakeholders in forging sustainable livelihood options in resource regions. Old forms of regulatory planning processes for sustainable livelihoods are being replaced by multi-stakeholder collaboration governance dynamics in which the private sector plays a key role in decision-making processes. Nevertheless, the role of the market, particularly mining and exploration companies, in mitigating the conflicting demands of the global economy and local livelihoods, is under-investigated in the context of resource regions in developing countries. This thesis makes a strong contribution to the literature concerning sustainable livelihoods, as it increases our understanding of the processes of multi-stakeholder collaboration and governance dynamics for human capital capacity-building. It focuses on these as integral parts of a ´sustainable livelihoods framework´ in resource locations.

With the sustainable livelihood approach as the governing theoretical framework, the research focuses on the apparent contradiction between skilled labour shortages in the minerals industry and a lack of employment opportunities for the local population in natural resource-rich regions. The research explores the linkage between global mining and local livelihoods, which currently is not only causing productivity losses in the industry, on account of delays and extra wages for imported labour, but is also fostering discontent and tensions in the regions concerned. The thesis is based on qualitative research within a comparative case study research methodology. The methodological approach of this research is also based on literature review findings, field observations and interviews with local government officials, mining and exploration company representatives and community activists. The research suggests remedial measures to enhance stakeholders involvement, particularly that of the private sector, in the development of sustainable livelihoods. The case studies were conducted in Antioquia and Risaralda, two resource regions of Colombia. Nevertheless, the findings of the research can be applied to other resource locations in Latin America and elsewhere.
Keyword Mining
Human capital
Sustainable livelihoods
Latin America
Corporate social responsibility

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