Tanzania, Netherlands

Mining industry, CSR and Local Development

when 16 August 2021 - 22 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 500

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

Preliminary findings show that the main use of gypsum in Tanzania is for the road construction and cement production. The gypsum produced in Makanya Ward has been transported to cement plant (Tanga Cement PLC) in Tanga Region. The company is regarded as the potential customer of gypsum extracted in this area. Tanga Cement PLC is a producer of Simba Cement brands in Tanzania and by 2010, the company was using about 160 Tons of gypsum every day.

By focusing on the local perspective (local development), corporate social responsibility (CSR) and economics, we will raise key questions such as:

What are the basic principles of gypsum processing?
Is there any guiding policy/legislation for gypsum mining in Tanzania?
What are the main uses of gypsum produced in Same District?
Who are potential clients of gypsum produced in Same District?
Are there any other potential clients for the gypsum produced in Same District?
What is the current daily usage of gypsum of the key customer, (For example, Tanga Cement PLC)?
Who is receiving revenues generated from the gypsum produced? Is there any appropriation?
How does the added value looks like in each of the steps of the (Global) value chain
In which way are governments involved with activities in the (Global) Value Chain (they are part of the institutional environment)
Are the local people communities based in Makanya Ward benefiting from the revenue generated?
How can local communities and local governmental agencies profit from these resources?
Are the public infrastructures in local communities improved due to revenues generated from the gypsum extracted?
Is Same District benefiting from the gypsum extraction in Makanya Ward? How?
How is the Cement industry (Tanga Cement PLC) involved in these question related to the (Global) Value Chain?

Course leader

Dr. Bartjan Pennink, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen
Dr. Bernard Mnzave, Institute of Finance Management in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

Target group

This summer school is designed for Bachelor and Master students interested in (extraction) industry like mining, visiting a company and doing field research in a local area with a focus on local communities.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

Critical reflect on the extraction industry in a country
Work in an inter cultural group
Become aware of the culture of an African Country
Include the local perspective in economic development question

The workload during the summer school will be a balance between hard and concentrated being at work but we also pay attention to the broader context of being in an African context and enjoying that as well

Fee info

EUR 500: including accommodation and meals
excl. travel and visa costs