Dialogue Online – No. 5/2015: “A Critique of the Current Regional Approach to Human Security within the Context of Informality and a Pervasive Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) Sector” By Tamara Naidoo and Showers Mawowa

The Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s human security infrastructure embraces the notions of freedom from want and fear as represented in the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report (1994) . However looking into SADC’s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) on socio-economic dimensions and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (SIPO) on peace and security, the infrastructure tends to focus heavily on the development and support of formal markets, essentially neglecting another core aspect of African life, the informal sector. In so doing, an opportunity to enhance human security by tapping into the informal economy is missed. This paper calls for a paradigm shift in regional and national policies towards ASM.

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