Sunday, 9 April 2017

Livelihoods and Mining in the DRC

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Al Jazeera about how legislation to enforce conflict-free minerals could have a detrimental effect on livelihoods. It was great to get a piece published and it got quite a bit of attention - some of it, inevitably, rejecting completely the idea that the Dodd-Frank Act provisions to prevent conflict minerals might harm people. This is the piece.

Today I picked up a piece from IRIN that quotes Laura Saey as saying:
“There is a consensus [among academics] that the law had a negative effect on livelihoods,” Laura Seay, a leading expert on Congo and conflict-free minerals, told IRIN. See also here. Seems the Dodd-Frank Act did have a detrimental effect on livelihoods.

Well, who'd a thunk it?

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Small wars, small African countries

There appears to be a thing happening on the Eritrea/Ethiopia border. Accusations and denials abound. Analysis form Simon Allison here.

Meanwhile, Rwanda has sent some more Burundian back to their own country, allegedly over allegations of espionage, as tensions between the Burundi and Rwanda continue to rise. It is unclear whether the Burundians expelled were recent arrivals, asylum seekers, refugees and/or people who had been living in Rwanda for some time.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Course Recommendation: Global Health and Humanitarianism

I recently did an online Coursera course in Global Health and Humanitarianism. It's a six week course offered by the University of Manchester's Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI). Humanitarianism is pretty specialised and there isn't a lot of good, solid free info out there. This was obviously focused on medical humanitarianism. Good handling of the issues and dilemmas and an engaging course. Not too challenging - would be good as an intro, too. I'd recommend it.