On behalf of our partner organisation, the Centre for Natural Resource Governance, we are pleased to share a new report on the conflicts occurring between mining companies and their host communities in Zimbabwe.
In most cases conflict has to be direct and violent for it to attract media attention. But in this report CNRG and their allies show that there are serious, indirect and yet life threatening conflicts in Zimbabwe’s extractive sector.
This structural violence which, according to Johan Galtung and backed by empirical evidence, is killing more people than violent conflicts. The recent mining boom was in reality doom for communities affected by mining as most of them never got to share the benefits though they paid the costs.
This report is part of on-going work to establish the causes and nature of conflicts between mining companies and their host communities in Zimbabwe and the search for lasting solutions. Comments and feedback are most welcome.