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Canada to Vote on Conflict Minerals Legislation, Should Join Support for Mining Reforms and Livelihood Projects in Congo

On September 24th, the Canadian House of Commons will hold a Second Reading vote on Bill C-486: The Conflict Minerals Act. The passage of C-486 would reinforce growing international attention and action promoting supply chain reform and responsible sourcing, along with Provision 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and proposed European Union legislation.

Jewelry Leaders and CEOs Join Enough Project in Conflict Gold Solutions Forum

EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog was written by Enough Project intern Irina Balytsky.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the Great Lakes Region of Africa has been entrenched in conflict for nearly 20 years. Militias control artisanal mines and minerals, specifically tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, and profit when minerals are sold into the global supply chain through illegal networks.

Brutal, Conflict Minerals Smuggling General Escapes Justice

Editor's Note: This blog post was written in Goma, August 4, 2014, by Timo Mueller with contributions by Fidel Bafilemba

Doing Good While Doing Well: Responsible Investment in Africa's Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes region of Africa’s rich natural resources, particularly minerals, should be a boon for its people, governments, and companies alike. However, minerals exploitation by private actors and armed groups over the past several decades have made the region’s minerals wealth more of a curse than a blessing for its people, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The business investment climate has left much to be desired, with Congo’s high corruption rates and relatively poor infrastructure. However, these challenges may be abating.

New UN Envoy to Great Lakes Region is Very Promising

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.

Voices of Congo: Mamafrica and Products With a Purpose

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.

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