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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.

When it comes to developing a more investor-friendly mining policy, Zambia doesn’t always have to look to countries like Chile for inspiration; there’s an equally good example right on its doorstep – Botswana. Mining policy in Botswana is predictable, competitive...
For a place that was referred to as a “ghost town” not so long ago, and has known more ups and downs than a rollercoaster, the Copperbelt mining town of Luanshya seems to be doing pretty well. Shoprite, Zambia’s leading...
At a time when Zambia, and many other countries, are trying to maximise tax revenue from big foreign companies, Ireland is doing the exact opposite. Ireland, a member of the European Union (EU), was ordered by the European Commission to...
Few would disagree that Zambia needs to find sustainable, innovative ways of generating more electricity for both domestic and industrial users, and that this is arguably the most urgent task facing the country. However, what is often less understood is...
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...
Zambia can learn from Chile about how good mining, economic and fiscal policies, implemented consistently over time, bring measurable benefits to all citizens. Chile, in South America, is the world’s largest producer of copper. However, Zambia and Chile share many...
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...
What are the main factors Zambia needs to address to make the country an attractive mining destination, unleash billions of dollars of foreign investment and create a stronger economy? The question featured prominently in the Zambia International Energy Conference and...
In this article which focuses on economic development in mining towns, we look at Solwezi, home to one of Zambia’s biggest copper mines. Solwezi is in North-Western province, one of Zambia’s poorest provinces: sparsely populated, very rural and with limited infrastructure. Despite...
In 1999, at the time of privatisation of Zambia’s previously nationalised copper-mining industry, tax revenue from the industry was barely K22 million. By 2010, just over a decade later, it had shot up to more than K8 billion. That means...

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