From boom to bust, and back again: the Tortiya diamond fields of Côte d’Ivoire, 1947–2018

Steven Van Bockstael*

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    Abstract

    Implementation of the African Mining Vision in Côte 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
    Pages (from-to)450-466
    Number of pages17
    JournalCanadian journal of development studies-Revue canadienne d etudes du developpement
    Volume41
    Issue number3
    Early online date13-Aug-2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Keywords

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

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