Fighting Windmills in Eastern Congo? The Ambiguous Impact of the ‘Conflict Minerals’ Movement

Ben Radley, Christoph Vogel

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The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in the Eastern Democratic Republic ofthe 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-410
Number of pages5
JournalExtractive Industries and Society
Issue number3
Early online date12 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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