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?