Zambian copper boom fails to alleviate poverty

2 April 2007

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Despite the boom in the global copper price, communities on the copper belt in Zambia have not seen the development gains they were promised and are now expressing frustration through strikes, protests and the ballot box. A new report from the Civil Society Trade Network of Zambia and the Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace explores how as a result of Bank and Fund conditionality, national controls over mining companies were withdrawn, leaving state institutions too weak to regulate company behaviour. Other devastating impacts include job losses and insecurity, deepening of pensioner poverty, and failure to protect the social infrastructure.