Presenter: Margaret O’Callaghan, Visiting Fellow at Crawford School, ANU
Margaret O’Callaghan will present her research into the socio-economic impact of mining in the North Western Province of Zambia. This grew out of her work in that province before the mining boom began and during its early years. She recognized that the large scale mining which commenced in 2002 (and subsequent developments) had become the impetus for a major social and economic transformation of what had previously been a largely quiet, subsistence agriculture based society, changes which ought to be documented.
Taking a multi-sectoral approach, she provides a description of the major events which occurred during the first decade and then focusses on the issues arising and the lessons learnt. The main focus is on the impact on local people and the role that the government played (or did not play) and that of the major mining companies (First Quantum (Kansanshi and Kalumbila mines) and Barrick Gold (Lumwana mine).
Biography: Margaret O’Callaghan is currently a Visiting Fellow at Crawford School, ANU. She previously worked for the UN in Zambia, PNG and the Pacific, and prior to that, with AusAID.