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Externalities of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act?

The title, “How Congress Devastated Congo”, is a bit much, but this OpEd gives pause to all of us thinking that human rights in mining is a black or white issue. It is true: It’s easier to sidestep Congo than

Posted in Artisanalmining, Conflict, Corporateresponsibility, DRC, Humanrights, Livelihoods, NGOs, Publicparticipation, Transparency

“But at least it gives us hope.”

Continuing 2009 with the same theme I last mentioned in 2008…there are many striking stories in National Geographic’s cover story on gold this month. In trying to imagine 15 million people working on artisanl mines around the world, this quote

Posted in Artisanalmining, Gold, Sustainability

The Spoils: Buried Treasure, Broken Nation

No roads lead to Bisie. This hidden town of 10,000 lies about 30 miles down a winding, muddy footpath through dense, equatorial forest. Built entirely for the mine, it is a cloistered world of expropriation and violence that mirrors the

Posted in Artisanalmining, DRC, Humanrights, Security

More on Artisanal Mining

The Washington Post has challenging story today highlighting the details of informal mining in the DRC. There are no easy answers. In the short-term, even the most responsible companies have a serious challenge in conveying how a well-run mine –

Posted in Artisanalmining, DRC

Complexity of Artisanal Mining

The Guardian highlights some of the complexity in French Guiana and Northern Brazil related to artisinal gold mining, environmental degradation and what to do about it. Ironically, the gendarmes’ policy of non-violence against the garimpeiros is encouraging the Brazilians to

Posted in Artisanalmining, Gold, Humanrights