Low School Attendance in Developing Communities: A Case Study of the Socioeconomic Risks of Low-Value Mineral Mining
The purpose of our case study is to explore some of the economic, social and political risks associated with low-value mineral mining. We have decided to focus on the low school attendance of young males, a historical development trap, as a potential risk. Given that these mines are labour intensive, our data suggests that they might negatively affect the school attendance of young males in some regions. It is therefore essential for the United Nations to acknowledge the undesirable effects of this project and take adequate measures to prevent them.
The history of development programs and aid work has shown that understanding the social and political climate is key to the success of the programs. Ultimately, the low-value mineral mining initiative launched by the UNDP has the potential to develop post-conflict communities, strengthen democratic institutions and alleviate civil strife. This case study serves to equip the United Nation’s project with local-level knowledge of a social dynamic such as school attendance that has long been a developmental trap for ACP states.