Mineral resources and localised development: Q-methodology for rapid assessment of socioeconomic impacts in Rwanda

Weldegiorgis, Fitsum S. and Ali, Saleem H. (2016) Mineral resources and localised development: Q-methodology for rapid assessment of socioeconomic impacts in Rwanda. Resources Policy, 49 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.resourpol.2016.03.006


Author Weldegiorgis, Fitsum S.
Ali, Saleem H.
Title Mineral resources and localised development: Q-methodology for rapid assessment of socioeconomic impacts in Rwanda
Journal name Resources Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4207
1873-7641
Publication date 2016-03-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.resourpol.2016.03.006
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 49
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The regional impacts of large development projects often require rapid appraisal in confined geographies. Impacts have largely been studied at country level, which have often neglected a finer granularity of analysis at sub-national level, which has specific relevance in Africa, since many mineral conflicts on the continent are highly localised. This study applies Q-methodology to quantitatively analyse qualitative perspectives regarding impacts of mining-led development at a district level in Rwanda - a densely populated country with a high economic growth rate. This approach revealed three classes of shared perspectives regarding topics of greatest concern to stakeholders: (a) economic diversification and sustainable socioeconomic development; (b) employment, resettlement, and mining land-use; and (c) income, benefit distribution, and social impacts. The use of this method to consolidate qualitative data through a deliberative process to get an output that can be used for broader geographic comparisons holds much promise for researchers and practitioners alike working in geographies of rapid development.
Keyword Mining
Sustainable Development
Impact indicators
Q-methodology
Rwanda
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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