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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

CommDev (and In-Flux)

A missed gem on my Resources list. I came across CommDev again when I found this relatively new (slow blogging plagues me)  resource on the massive challenge of in-migration and in-flux on major projects: A Handbook for Addressing Project-Induced In-Migration.

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, HIV/AIDS, Humanrights, Migration, Publicparticipation, Sustainability

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

Big Dams: Bulldozers and Sustainable Development 101

The debate for me isn’t electricity or no electricity for the Gilgel Gibe III Dam in Ethiopia, recently highlighted on the BBC’s Crossing Continents. It is about electricity with appropriate study of the impacts or electricity that makes the same

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, Dams, Ethiopia, Humanrights, NGOs, Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability

China vs. West in Africa

So my heading is a bit over dramatic. This is an interesting development. Being interested in sustainable development, I don’t think it is important to worry about the nationality of the investment. But I do worry about how responsible it

Posted in China, Corporateresponsibility, Guinea, Humanrights, 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

The Girl Effect

Um, I am a bit embarrassed that I started a blog and have not created a category for gender yet.  Via, I found this creative site, which makes it really, really ridiculously simple to upload the video (cut >

Posted in Gender, Humanrights, Sustainability

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

Supply Chain Reality

A gentle reminder of the complex issues related to supply chains from an article in the New York Times on the sewer covers of New York City. “We can’t maintain the luxury of Europe and the United States, with all

Posted in Corporateresponsibility, Healthandsafety, Humanrights, India

World Investment Report 2007: TNCs, Extractive Industries and Development

The World Investment Report 2007 , focuses this year on Transnational Corporations and extractive industries. “…the extraction of natural resources involves considerable economic, environmental and social challenges. The objective is to ensure it is done in the most efficient and

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, Healthandsafety, Humanrights, Reporting, Sustainability, Transparency