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Anthony is a researcher/writer and development practitioner with extensive experience in human rights, community organization, and natural resource development. Currently, he is a Communications and Policy Officer at the Artisanal Gold Council, an organization dedicated to improving the opportunities, health and environment of artisanal gold miners in the developing world. He also works as a freelance Spanish/English translator. He also blogs at

Mining and development: how to get the balance right? Environment Ethics in development Poverty 

Mining and development: how to get the balance right?

One of the common themes in recent development discourse has been the dichotomy between natural resource extraction and human and environmental rights. Mining is ubiquitous in the developing world, boosting foreign direct investment and creating jobs, but bringing with it a series of social and environmental problems. In his first post for whydev, Anthony Persaud explains how this tension is...