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Ken Matthysen

‘Conflict Minerals’ initiatives in DR Congo: Perceptions of local mining communities

The exploitation of minerals is an important source of income for many communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Yet this mineral wealth also plays a significant role in the continuation of insecurity in parts of the country. Revenues from mineral trade have given armed groups the means to operate, and provided off-budget funding […]

L’or et les diamants de la République centrafricaine. Le secteur minier et les problèmes sociaux, économiques et environnementaux y afférents

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L’or et les diamants en Afrique centrale sont souvent associés au conflit, au financement de rebelles, aux violations des droits de l’homme et à la contrebande. En tant que pays enclavé dans une région instable, voisin de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) et récemment théâtre d’un nouveau coup d’État, la République centrafricaine (RCA) pourrait […]

Strijd tegen conflictmineralen: sleutel tot conflictresolutie in Oost-Congo?

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De PDF van dit artikel is met toestemming van de redactie overgenomen uit de /Internationale Spectator, Clingendael Magazine voor Internationale Betrekkingen/, uitgegeven door de Koninklijke Van Gorcum, te Assen namens het Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen ‘Clingendael’ te Den Haag. Download in pdf of open met issuu reader.

Gold and diamonds in the Central African Republic. The country’s mining sector, and related social, economic and environmental issues.

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Gold and diamonds in Central Africa easily conjure up images of conflict, rebel funding, human rights violations, and smuggling. As a country landlocked within an unstable region, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and recently the scene of another coup, the Central African Republic (CAR) might be considered an appropriate candidate for analysis within […]

La complexité de la gestion des ressources dans un contexte de fragilité de l’État : une analyse du secteur minier dans l’arrière-pays du Kivu

Le rapport intitulé « Exploitation minière et commerce des minerais dans l’arrière-pays du Kivu » est une commande de la Direction générale du développement (DG Développement) de la Commission européenne. Il vise à combler un manque informationnel en identifiant les principaux sites miniers et en analysant les réseaux d’échanges commerciaux de l’arrière-pays de l’est de […]

“Véhicules civils militarisables” and the EU arms embargo on Sudan

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur has been overlooked recently because the international community has been focusing on the popular revolts in North Africa in the first half of the year and South Sudan’s peaceful referendum on secession from northern Sudan, and the subsequent violence in and over the contested Abyei region, In December 2010, […]

The Karamoja Cluster of eastern Africa: Arms transfers and their repercussions on communal security perceptions

Nomadic peoples are often, if not universally, perceived as a problem by the governments of the nation states who have responsibility for them; this is particularly so in the case of the three nations with which this report is concerned, viz: Kenya, Uganda and (southern) Sudan. The pastoralist societies within the Karamajong cluster have been […]

The complexity of resource governance in a context of state fragility: An analysis of the mining sector in the Kivu hinterlands

The report ‘Mining activity and mineral trade in the Kivu hinterland’ was commissioned by the Directorate General for Development (DG DEV) of the European Commission and aims to fill an information gap by identifying the principal mining sites and analysing the trade networks of the ‘eastern hinterland’ of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), […]