'Resource curse' not so simple: ICMM

THE International Council on Mining and Metals says the existence of the resource curse is up for debate in a new study.

'Resource curse' not so simple: ICMM 'Resource curse' not so simple: ICMM 'Resource curse' not so simple: ICMM 'Resource curse' not so simple: ICMM 'Resource curse' not so simple: ICMM

Principles panel: NRGI's Audrey Gaughran, ICMM's Aidan Davy, the World Bank's Sheila Khama and Oxfam's Maria Lya Ramos. PICTURE: ICMM

People in mining-dominated countries might have better lights, roads and water, but they don't have major advantages in health, equality or access to food, the ICMM says in its 'Social Progress in Mining Dependent Countries' report

But the ICMM's work does find people in mining-dependent countries did better on the whole than those in countries with more varied economies between 1995 and 2015.

According to the industry body's new report, people in mining-dependent countries are more likely to be above the international poverty line and have access to better infrastructure and energy than those in non-mining-dependent countries.

Using metrics from institutions such as the World Bank, the i...