The majority of natural resources in Africa are owned by western corporations
By Dami Igbinyemi
The mineral industry of Africa is the largest mineral industry in the world, producing almost 60 metal and mineral products. The region is an important source of gold, iron, ore, uranium, and diamonds. Most of the mineral wealth remains undeveloped which means that in the future West Africa’s importance in the global mineral economy will continue to grow.
Professors Emmanuelle Champion and Alexandre Croutzet, from TELUQ University School of Administrative Science, are in a group of researchers who received a $200,000 grant over three years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as part of the Partnership Development Grant Competition.
The group will be working on a research project called “The co-engagement of Canada mining companies for sustainable development in West Africa: four pilot case studies.” Which is lead by Armel Brice Adanhounme who is a professor in the Department of Human Resources Management at UQTR.
“I would like to congratulate Emmanuelle Champion and Alexandre Croutzet for obtaining this grant. Their research will increase the collaboration of mining players in achieving sustainable development objectives in West Africa, further recognition of their expertise in economics and management specializing in corporate social responsibility”, said Lucie Laflamme, Executive Director of TELUQ University.
The research project’s two main goals are to collect data and provide training. The group consists of 19 researchers from 4 Canadian universities, 4 from Africa, and 1 from France, as well as 3 partners from the mining industry, 3 from African civil society and 1 Canadian collaborator.
This project will take place in where Canadian mining companies have already made their mark after the discovery in 2012; Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Guinea.