This book explores how bauxite mining has affected local and national political dynamics in Guinea over the past 55 years, providing an overview of mining interactions with social, economic and political spheres.
Guinea is amongst the world's top producers of bauxite, and the country's rich mineral presence has numerous implications on local communities and national policy. Guinea is an interesting and highly relevant case study in assessing the impact of bauxite mining on regime stability and social insecurity. The author offers a clear understanding of the role of mining during the Touré and Conté regimes and analyses how changes since the election of Condé in 2010 have affected the socio-political and economic development of Guinea. The author also offers analysis on how bauxite mining has led to the emergence of new forms of social contracts, sustained by mining companies instead of the state. Finally, the book argues that understanding the stabilising and destabilising potential of mining is key to ensuring long-term, sustainable, stable and inclusive growth of mineral-resource-rich countries. The book concludes by highlighting the relevance of the findings in Guinea for the wider African extractives sector.
The book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars, including those working in the areas of African studies, political science, political economy, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. The book will be relevant for academics, business actors, NGOs, policy-makers and students interested in the African mining sector.
Penda Diallo is Lecturer in Sustainable Mining, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.
1. Introduction-A political Economic History of Guinea
2. Framing Guinea: Mineral Extraction, Rent, and Stability
3. Politics and Bauxite Mining Under Sekou Touré (1958-1984)
4. Politics of Bauxite Mining Under Conte's regime (1984- 2008)
5. A case study of the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (1958- 2008)
"Dr. Diallo presents a rich analysis of the emergence and evolution of bauxite mining in Guinea, bringing a strong community lens to themes of stability and equality, at one of the critical starting points for the global aluminium supply chain." - Dr Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
"This is a brilliant study of the politics and intrigues surrounding Bauxite mining in Guinea, and the best I have read on the subject. It is well written and brilliantly presented. This book genuinely breaks new grounds, and academics and practitioners alike will benefit from the rich data and analysis. The author has indeed made a significant contribution to the politics of natural resource management in a developing society and we are totally in her debt for this." - Abiodun Alao, Professor of African Studies, King's College London, UK
"Going beyond the negative perception of mining in Africa, this book provides an overview of the exploitation of bauxite in Guinea by highlighting the interactions of key stakeholders. The data presented forms an important source of information and inspiration for national reforms focused on good governance and on concerns of grassroots populations." - Professor. Mohamed Moustapha DI0P Said Keita-Diop University Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences GLC University of Sonfonia, Conakry, Republic of Guinea
"Penda's analysis helps better understand a complex period in Guinea. I expect her insights will be more widely applicable!"- Nic Clift, Senior Industry Fellow, RMIT University, Australia; Former Director General of Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) 2004-2007