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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.

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...
Copper accounts for most of Zambia’s exports, most of its foreign exchange, most of its foreign direct investment and a significant slice of government tax revenue. Entire towns on the Copperbelt and North-Western province owe their existence to the presence...

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