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Communities affected by mining in the Tarkwa Region of Ghana, June 2010.

After Ghana secured its independence in 1957, it nationalized much of its mining industry, but the sector stagnated for the next three decades. In the 1980s, virtually all of Ghana‟s economy was in shambles. The nation was forced to borrow money from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, with conditions attached.

One of these conditions was the privatization of enterprises such as the extractive industry. Although this produced some positive results, there were also negative effects. Attempting to benefit the nation economically, the Ghanaian government has rewarded large-scale mining companies, sometimes to the detriment of local communities. Additionally, little work or income for local populations has resulted from this switch to private industry. Foreign owned and internationally run companies dominate large-scale mining in Ghana. Read full document...


The Center for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) wishes to acknowledge with sincere gratitude the enormous contribution of Augustine Niber, the Executive Director of CEPIL who worked tirelessly on the development  and writing of this Training Manual.

CEPIL is also very grateful to Mr. Wim C. MULLIE of Friends of the Nation for his invaluable contribution in writing the section on environmental monitoring. CEPIL is also grateful to Mr. Solomon Ampofo also of Friends of the Nation for reviewing and contributing to the module on Environmental Impact Assessment. Download full manual here...

Handbook for Paralegals in Forest Communities in Ghana prepared by Center for Public Interest Law (CEPIL), Accra, Ghana with assistance from: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) London, United Kingdom under the Legal Tools Project.

The primary object of this handbook is to provide the paralegal in forest fringe communities with the basic knowledge and practical tools needed for effective work output. The handbook also aims at serving as the basis for the training of advocates and stakeholders in the field of forestry in affected communities in Ghana to provide opportunity for these advocates to share experiences and ideas expanding their professional network. Read full document...

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