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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

Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009

Metals derived from inhumanely mined minerals go into electronic products used by millions of Americans. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, many people – especially women and children – are victimized by armed groups who are trying to make a

Posted in Conflict, Corporateresponsibility, DRC, Humanrights, Transparency

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