Leveraging national and global links for local rights advocacy: WACAM's challenge to the power of transnational gold mining in Ghana

N.A. Anyidoho, Gordon Crawford

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Abstract

This article explores local–global interconnections in the context of local rights-based struggles against the adverse impact of gold mining by transnational corporations in Ghana. It examines how a small community-based organisation, WACAM, approached a situation of huge power asymmetry by both mobilising local resistance and developing national and international linkages. In explaining WACAM's relative success in challenging corporate and state powers behind gold mining activities, we focus on its ability to maximise the benefits of alliances with selected organisations, while minimising the risks of doing so through staying locally grounded. This we attribute to WACAM's political orientation to rights advocacy, based in a democratic left political tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-502
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Volume35
Issue number4
Early online date22 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • rights-based approaches
  • transnational mining
  • power relations
  • NGO networks
  • Ghana

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