The slow progress of a joint MONUC and FARDC operations against the FDLR in the second quarter of 2009 and continuing human rights abuses have increased the urgency with which the international community is seeking means to end the conflict in Eastern DRC. Most significant is suggested legislation by the US Senate to place a due diligence requirement on electronics companies that source tin and other metals from Eastern DRC. This proposition has in turn, prompted suggestions from the UN, pressure groups and industry groups as to what such a scheme might look like. This paper takes a holistic view of the regional trade in minerals from Eastern DRC and constructively critiques the various engagement strategies that pressure groups, the UN and other stakeholders have recently proposed. It also makes its own suggestions for trade reform and urges policy makers to set the correct priorities when engaging with the mineral sector.
- Harrison Mitchell and Nicholas Garrett
- Communities and Small Scale Mining
- Place published
- Washington, DC
- Date / journal vol no.
- 1 September 2009