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Fighting windmills in Eastern Congo? The ambiguous impact of the ‘conflict minerals’ movement


Radley, Ben; Vogel, Christoph (2015). Fighting windmills in Eastern Congo? The ambiguous impact of the ‘conflict minerals’ movement. Extractive Industries and Society, 2(3):406-410.

Abstract

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is currently undergoing rapid reform of its governance structure as a result of multiple national, regional and international policies and initiatives designed to sever the direct link between minerals and conflict in the region. We briefly review the theoretical context behind and major policies outcomes of this reform process, and offer an initial assessment of its operationalization. We conclude that the ‘conflict minerals’ approach is at a critical juncture, caught between the need to deliver a reliable and viable response and the reality of delivering new modes of disarticulation and dispossession. To contribute to the former scenario, recommendations for the focus of future scholarship are provided.

Abstract

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is currently undergoing rapid reform of its governance structure as a result of multiple national, regional and international policies and initiatives designed to sever the direct link between minerals and conflict in the region. We briefly review the theoretical context behind and major policies outcomes of this reform process, and offer an initial assessment of its operationalization. We conclude that the ‘conflict minerals’ approach is at a critical juncture, caught between the need to deliver a reliable and viable response and the reality of delivering new modes of disarticulation and dispossession. To contribute to the former scenario, recommendations for the focus of future scholarship are provided.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Social Sciences & Humanities > Development
Physical Sciences > Economic Geology
Physical Sciences > Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:21 Jan 2016 13:07
Last Modified:30 Jul 2020 20:37
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2214-790X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2015.05.005

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