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Economic Contribution

The economy of contribution takes place, in the manner of a general economy, alongside the market, public and gift economies: Through regulation by prices, public decision making and by the principle of reciprocity, the economy of contribution replaces regulation by the interactions of participation (both quantitative and qualitative) within an activity.

‘Value addition’ is a longstanding aspiration within Zambia’s mining sector that isn’t always straightforward to implement. Kansanshi Mining Plc’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Bruce Lewis, came up with an idea for adding value to Zambia’s copper several years ago...
The best time to measure the overall contribution of a mine to society is when it is about to close, and Chibuluma Mine on the Copperbelt is an ideal case-study. Chibuluma was one of the first Zambian mines privatised in...
In countries ranging from Zambia and Ghana to South Africa and Tanzania, poorly thought-out mining policies that lack certainty and consistency are hampering the search for new mining investment, and cast a shadow over the continent’s longer-term economic growth. This...
The coronavirus has presented Zambia with several immediate and foreseeable health-related and economic challenges, but North-Western Province’s largest mines have wasted no time in responding. Both Barrick Lumwana and First Quantum Minerals (‘FQM Zambia’) have pledged significant funds and...
In the two weeks following Finance Minister Hon. Bwalya Ng’andu’s 2021 National Budget proposal, much debate has centred on exactly how Zambia will achieve an economic recovery. With bondholders rejecting a debt repayment suspension deal, and talks with the...
As is tradition, ahead of the annual Budget announcement by the Minister of Finance, Mining For Zambia spoke to celebrated Zambian economist, Professor Oliver Saasa, to ask him about the measures we might expect to see introduced in order...
An interesting interview in which Proflight’s chief pilot, Gerald Tembo, tells the story of how he fell in love with flying as a child, why his favourite plane is the Boeing 777 and how Proflight’s traffic to N.W. Province...
Farmers following Kansanshi’s Conservation Farming Program have turned their subsistence farms into profitable businesses When in 2010 Kansanshi Mining PLC offered its very first training program on conservation farming methods to seven farmers in the greater Solwezi area, the company...
The findings of a May 2022 report – which takes a deep dive into First Quantum Minerals' US$1.36 billion dual expansion of Kansanshi’s operations and the bringing online of Enterprise Nickel Mine – have laid bare the potential for...
A new analysis of mining in Zambia for the past 100 years shows a clear historical link between levels of mining investment and wider economic development. This is the key conclusion of a paper, Copper Mining in Zambia – history...