Oxfam, in collaboration with CSRM, released a new report today entitled "Mining, Resettlement and Lost Livelihoods - Listening to the voices of resettled communities in Mualadzi, Mozambique". The research was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC).
The report — authored by Serena Lillywhite (Oxfam), Associate Professor Deanna Kemp (CSRM) and Dr Kathryn Sturman (CSRM) — presents experiences of involuntary resettlement from the perspective of people who are recovering from mining-induced displacement in Tete province, Mozambique.
The report documents the efforts made by three successive companies to address resettlement impacts of the Benga mine given the government’s decision to relocate families from the banks of the Revuboe River to Mualadzi, a dry and arid location, more than 50 kms away. It also describes the operating context as one which is characterised by poverty, rapid economic growth, limited regulatory capacity and intense pressure on land availability.
The report provides recommendations for a number of actors, including current and former owners, the provincial and national governments in Mozambique, international organisations, and home country governments of companies involved.