Enough experts David Sullivan and Noel Atama assess the conflict minerals trade in Congo based on firsthand field research.
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Thanks to increased international attention, including strong statements by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to eastern Congo, all of the actors with a role in Congo’s conflict mineral drama are feeling the pressure to change their behavior. Actors in the private sector both within Congo and in the international supply chains for electronics and other industries have signaled a willingness to provide new levels of due diligence and corporate responsibility. Yet it is equally clear that a number of actors remain highly invested in business as usual with regard to conflict minerals, and that palpable change on the ground can be the only barometer of true success.
Congo's minerals leave a trail of destruction as they travel from the mines to the phone in your pocket.
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The battle for Bisie: Eastern Congo’s largest mine
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Impacts on the ongoing minerals trade
Congolese and international efforts to reform the mineral trade
The Congolese Government
The stabilization plan
Appendix: North and South Kivu mining export data
Source: Division of Mines, North/South Kivu.