West Africa Governance & Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES)

The WAGES project aims to break the vicious circle in which local communities, especially women and youth, are excluded from the benefits of mining investments. Through WAGES, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), work in three regions of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea impacted by extractive industries. The project works to empower local communities, and specifically integrate women and youth, to participate fully in local governance, economic opportunities and the sustainable development of these areas. The project collaborates with local and national governments, select mining companies, as well as small and medium-sized businesses and civil society organizations to attain those objectives. Global Affairs Canada funds the implementation of WAGES from 2016 until 2022.

Entrepreneurship report

Regional report on the effectiveness of business development services on SMEs in extractive communities in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Guinea

Report WAGES Forum 2021

WAGES REGIONAL FORUM 2021(Summary Report)

Report WAGES Forum 2021


Entreprenariat Feminin : Étude de cas de Assita TOE

La formation technique des jeunes : un facteur de développement local

L’Entrepreneuriat feminin levier de la croissance économique durable

Gender policy in the mining, oil and gas sectors: experiences and lessons from the WAGES project in Ghana

WAGES Project Supports in taking Youth out of Illegal Mining in Ghana

Women Make Great Strides in Male-dominated Trades in Ghana

WAGES Ghana Documentary

WAGES Podcast Episode 6

WAGES Podcast Episode 5

WAGES Project in Guinea: How did the community influence the mineral funds disbursement?

Strategic Planning Process of WIM Ghana: An In-Depth Review

WAGES Podcast, Episode 4 – Building Sustainable Businesses: A Look at how Green Economies Produce Revenues in Extractives Areas

The WAGES Podcast, Episode 3 – COVID-19 Pandemic Impact and Coping Measures: The Case of NBSSI-Led Interventions in Extractive Areas in Ghana

The WAGES Podcast, Episode 2: The Hidden Wealth in Waste – How Ghanaian youth are transforming waste into green businesses

The WAGES Podcast, Episode 1: COVID-19 pandemic impact and coping measures – the case of women-led businesses in extractive areas in Ghana

Mining Social License and the Community Benefits Agreements Approach: What Prospects for Ghana?

National Conference on Minerals Development Fund