Editor's Note: This post was co-authored by Annie Callaway and Sasha Lezhnev.
On July 17th, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of senior Algerian diplomat Ambassador Said Djinnit as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Amb. Djinnit will replace Mary Robinson, who held the position from March 2013 until last week when she accepted the role of U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Change.
Editor's Note: this post was written by guest blogger Danielle Allyn. Danielle is a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently spending her summer interning for Mamafrica Designs in Bukavu, DRC, while conducting research for her senior thesis.
Editor's Note: This guest post was written byAnna Bulzomi, a human rights lawyer currently working with IPIS Research where she handles issues of business & human rights and natural resources. Anna is also a Governance Committee member of the Public-Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade.
Editor's note: This post was written by Natalie Schreffler. This is the third in a blog series about issues currently perpetuating the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the conflict minerals trade, sexual violence, and child soldier recruitment. Although many Congolese are facing incredibly difficult situations, there are local civil society groups taking action and creating avenues for sustainable peace. In this blog series, I will discuss each issue and give examples of organizations making positive changes.