Armed Groups and Mineral Extraction in the DRC

By Washikala Malango  As armed groups are the main perpetrators of the ongoing violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, many actors working in the country have started critically looking into the factors that have contributed to these groups’ ability to continue operating regardless of concerted local, regional, and international efforts to d...
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Reforming Liberia’s Mining Sector Post-Ebola

By Robtel Neajai Pailey and Silas Kpanan Ayoung Siakor A recent report by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) reveals that Liberia earned too little from its mining operations long before Ebola coincided with the steep slump in iron ore prices in August 2014. With iron ore figures at their lowest since 2009—largely due to decreased demand for steel in China—Liber...
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