From boom to bust, and back again: the Tortiya diamond fields of Cote d'Ivoire, 1947-2018

Van Bockstael, S., 13-Aug-2020, In : Canadian journal of development studies-Revue canadienne d etudes du developpement. 17 p.

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Implementation of the African Mining Vision in Cote d'Ivoire is weak, and AMV domestication is unlikely to happen soon. Focusing on the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, a key section of the AMV, we look at the tumultuous recent history of the diamond mining town Tortiya. The subject of a halting and uneven formalisation process, the case is emblematic for the lack of interest shown in ASM at a policy level. This is due to high costs, and low political and economic returns of formalisation. It underscores a broader lack of strategic vision for the mining sector.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalCanadian journal of development studies-Revue canadienne d etudes du developpement
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13-Aug-2020


  • Artisanal and small-scale mining, conflict diamonds, Kimberley Process, Cote d'Ivoire, Africa Mining Vision

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