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Mining industry, CSR and Local Development

The case of Gypsum in Tanzania

Preliminary findings show that the main use of gypsum in Tanzania is for the road construction and cement production. The gypsum produced in Makanya Ward has been transported to cement plant (Tanga Cement PLC) in Tanga Region. The company is regarded as the potential customer of gypsum extracted in this area. Tanga Cement PLC is a producer of Simba Cement brands in Tanzania and by 2010, the company was using about 160 Tons of gypsum every day.

By focusing on the local perspective (local development), corporate social responsibility (CSR) and economics, we will raise key questions such as:

  • What are the basic principles of gypsum processing?
  • Is there any guiding policy/legislation for gypsum mining in Tanzania?
  • What are the main uses of gypsum produced in Same District?
  • Who are potential clients of gypsum produced in Same District?
  • Are there any other potential clients for the gypsum produced in Same District?
  • What is the current daily usage of gypsum of the key customer, (For example, Tanga Cement PLC)?
  • Who is receiving revenues generated from the gypsum produced? Is there any appropriation?
  • How does the added value looks like in each of the steps of the (Global) value chain
  • In which way are governments involved with activities in the (Global) Value Chain (they are part of the institutional environment)
  • Are the local people communities based in Makanya Ward benefiting from the revenue generated?
  • How can local communities and local governmental agencies profit from these resources?
  • Are the public infrastructures in local communities improved due to revenues generated from the gypsum extracted?
  • Is Same District benefiting from the gypsum extraction in Makanya Ward? How?
  • How is the Cement industry (Tanga Cement PLC) involved in these question related to the (Global) Value Chain?

Field visit

During this winter school, all participants will visit Same District Council and the mining site in Makanya Ward (Industry). Participants will be given chance to ask formal and informal questions to officials of the Same District Council (Local Government) and to the local people (local communities) in Makanya Ward.

Challenge during the winter school (Final assignment)

In this winter school we want the participants to give an advice to at least three parties; the Mining Industry, the local government (province and local level) and the local communities on what to get most out of this for each! Based on lectures of staff, speakers from outside university and interviews during the field visit participants will be able to develop this advice and present it on the last day before we go on Safari.

Practical information
Dates & location 9-15 January 2022, Tanzania
Deadline for application 1 November 2021
Level BA/MA
Fee 2021 € 500 (all-inclusive, excl. travel and visa costs)
Academic coordinators Dr. Bartjan Pennink, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen
Dr. Bernard Mnzave, Institute of Finance Management in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
Contact Dr. Bartjan W. Pennink: b.j.w.pennink

This winter school is designed for Bachelor and Master students interested in (extraction) industry like mining, visiting a company and doing field research in a local area with a focus on local communities.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Critical reflect on the extraction industry in a country
  • Work in an inter cultural group Become aware of the culture of an African Country
  • Include the local perspective in economic development question

The workload during the winter school will be a balance between hard and concentrated being at work but we also pay attention to the broader context of being in an African context and enjoying that as well

Course schedule

Sunday: start with an opening dinner.

Monday and Tuesday: we will work out the main themes (and in the afternoon we will discover Dar es Salaam)

Wednesday: we will travel to the north and have group discussions with the local government (province and local level)

Thursday: we will visit on Thursday the mining site in Makanya Ward.

Friday: student groups will develop their advice to three parties; the Mining Industry, the local government (province and local level) and the local communities on what to get most out of this for each!

Saturday: we will have a Safari to Mkomazi National Park and at the end of the day we will close the summer school with a dinner!

Accommodation will be arranged for you and is included in the fee. We will stay in hotels of good quality.

Application procedure

To apply, please fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Motivation letter, clearly stating why you want to join this winter school, what you will bring to the school and what you hope to learn (max. 1 page)

The deadline for application for the winter school is 1 November 2021.


Dr. B.J.W. Pennink, University of Groningen
Dr. B. Mnzava, IFM, Dar es Salaam
Guest speakers will be announced soon.


Institute of Finance Management, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Institute of Finance Management, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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