ARTISANAL MINING IN NAMIBIA - UNDERSTANDING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND THE IMPACT OF SELLING COLLECTOR MINERALS IN THE LOCAL MARKETPLACE

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Title:
ARTISANAL MINING IN NAMIBIA - UNDERSTANDING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND THE IMPACT OF SELLING COLLECTOR MINERALS IN THE LOCAL MARKETPLACE
Author:
Ross, Bradley Jay
Issue Date:
2011
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
The subject of this dissertation is artisanal mining in Namibia and is based on two hypotheses. The first is that if the artisanal mining process is well understood in Namibia, then effective solutions to improving the artisanal mining cycle of poverty can be developed. The second hypothesis states that if effective solutions to improving the artisanal mining cycle of poverty can be implemented, then the miners' income can be increased.Research for the dissertation is broken down into four areas. The first area includes the development of an understanding of the artisanal mining process. A general model that shows the relationship of four basic elements of artisanal mining (investment, production, sales and consumption) as well as several components that make up the elements was created. The model also describes the various environments (physical, social/cultural, and political) that artisanal operate.The Artisanal Mining Process Model was then used to evaluate artisanal mining in Namibia. Artisanal mining in Namibia is somewhat unique because of the material mined (collector minerals and semi-precious gemstones), but the outcome is consistent with other locations with most artisanal miners only making a subsistence living. One of the key outcomes of this part of the study is the identification of low sales revenue exacerbated by the miners having to sell in a local market with few buyers.Because the local market and buyers are a critical component of the cycle of poverty, the third area of research is an understanding of the local market and the supply chain that ultimately leads to a much larger international market. The international markets lead to the fourth area of research, which is the Tucson Mineral Show, the largest of its kind in the world.The conclusions of the paper discuss the applicability of the Artisanal Mining Process Model in helping to understand issues facing the artisanal miners as well as methods that could be used to help the artisanal miners participate in the international market for collector minerals.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
marketplace; Namibia; Mining Geological & Geophysical Engineering; artisanal mining; cycle of poverty
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Mining Geological & Geophysical Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Dessureault, Sean

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dc.titleARTISANAL MINING IN NAMIBIA - UNDERSTANDING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND THE IMPACT OF SELLING COLLECTOR MINERALS IN THE LOCAL MARKETPLACEen_US
dc.creatorRoss, Bradley Jayen_US
dc.contributor.authorRoss, Bradley Jayen_US
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe subject of this dissertation is artisanal mining in Namibia and is based on two hypotheses. The first is that if the artisanal mining process is well understood in Namibia, then effective solutions to improving the artisanal mining cycle of poverty can be developed. The second hypothesis states that if effective solutions to improving the artisanal mining cycle of poverty can be implemented, then the miners' income can be increased.Research for the dissertation is broken down into four areas. The first area includes the development of an understanding of the artisanal mining process. A general model that shows the relationship of four basic elements of artisanal mining (investment, production, sales and consumption) as well as several components that make up the elements was created. The model also describes the various environments (physical, social/cultural, and political) that artisanal operate.The Artisanal Mining Process Model was then used to evaluate artisanal mining in Namibia. Artisanal mining in Namibia is somewhat unique because of the material mined (collector minerals and semi-precious gemstones), but the outcome is consistent with other locations with most artisanal miners only making a subsistence living. One of the key outcomes of this part of the study is the identification of low sales revenue exacerbated by the miners having to sell in a local market with few buyers.Because the local market and buyers are a critical component of the cycle of poverty, the third area of research is an understanding of the local market and the supply chain that ultimately leads to a much larger international market. The international markets lead to the fourth area of research, which is the Tucson Mineral Show, the largest of its kind in the world.The conclusions of the paper discuss the applicability of the Artisanal Mining Process Model in helping to understand issues facing the artisanal miners as well as methods that could be used to help the artisanal miners participate in the international market for collector minerals.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectmarketplaceen_US
dc.subjectNamibiaen_US
dc.subjectMining Geological & Geophysical Engineeringen_US
dc.subjectartisanal miningen_US
dc.subjectcycle of povertyen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMining Geological & Geophysical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDessureault, Seanen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPoulton, Maryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRieber, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBurgess, Jeffen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStobbe, Terranceen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDessureault, Seanen_US
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