OxFam-Mining resettlement and lost livelihoods

OxFam-Mining resettlement and lost livelihoods

This study provides insight into the lives of people who have been resettled by large-scale mining in Tete province of Mozambique. In doing so, it seeks to contribute to a broader dialogue about how to improve policy and practice in relation to involuntary resettlement associated with mining projects. There is a growing body of evidence that, despite efforts by the international finance institutions (IFIs) and some national governments to set and apply standards in this area, people who are displaced by mining and other large scale developments typically have their rights diminished and are exposed to long-term disadvantage.1This study provides insight into factors that contribute to resettlement practice falling short of accepted global standards

and, importantly, identifies actions that governments and companies can and should take to ensure better outcomes from resettlement. It also acknowledges that resettlement is a complex, disruptive and dynamic process and that decisions and actions with good intent can still result in resettled peoples being worse off.

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