Conflict Minerals

John Prendergast Testifies for Congo at the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs

John Prendergast

On Tuesday, April 16, John Prendergast, Co-founder the Enough Project, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs on the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Doing Well – and Doing Good

Dr. Ellen J. Kennedy

Guest blogger Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law.  Read More »

Wall Street Journal Highlights Congo’s Conflict Gold Trade: U.S. Should Sanction Smugglers

Congolese miners

This morning the Wall Street Journal published an exposé on the conflict gold trade from eastern Congo, which is worth an estimated $285-400 million per year. The article details the lucrative trade in conflict gold as it is transported from mines in eastern Congo to smugglers in Uganda and Burundi and then to jewelers and dealers in Dubai and India. As the piece highlights, conflict gold is an increasingly important issue for jewelers and the gold industry, as there now exists a “shadowy chain of smuggled gold that stretches from the conflict zones of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the markets of Dubai and jewelry shops around the world.”  Read More »

Policy Alert: New U.N. brigade in Congo is an opportunity

 MONUSCO deploys troops in Bunagana to secure populations

The new peace enforcement brigade approved by the UN Security Council on March 28, 2013 to operate under the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission for the Democratic Republic of Congo, or MONUSCO, presents an opportunity to significantly reduce the strength of illegal armed groups if paired with special forces training, a robust defections program , and a comprehensive peace process led by new U.N. Envoy Mary Robinson.   Read More »

CNN Op-ed: Congo's "Terminator" Surrenders, What Next for Peace?

Ntaganda during his first appearance before judges of the ICC.

On March 18, a Congolese warlord known as Bosco "the Terminator" Ntaganda surrendered to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda.   Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.   Read More »

Sourcing Conflict-free Minerals from the Kivus No Longer a Pipe Dream, Monitoring Must Follow

Eastern Congo’s Kivu provinces are making slow but steady progress to establish certified minerals trading routes. A total of 20 mining sites qualified and validated as “green” (conflict-free) in North and South Kivu by a multi-stakeholder body made up of the Congolese government, minerals dealers, and local NGOs. The Enough Project joined more than two dozen delegates from Philips, Motorola Solutions, Fair Phone, ITRI, other industry partners, governments, civil society groups, journalists, and the Netherlands special envoy on a four-day trip to see first-hand the Kivus’ first conflict-free minerals supply chain in the works.  Read More »

Open Letter to the President: Critical Steps for Obama's Second-Term

President Obama speaks at an event.

As President Obama sets off on his new four-year term, the Enough Project delivered an open letter to the president outlining critical steps that the U.S. government should take to address the conflicts in the Sudans, between Sudan and South Sudan, in eastern Congo, and in areas impacted by the Lord's Resistance Army.  Read More »

Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program

Tech giant Apple has come a long way on conflict minerals. In 2010, they were one of the worst consumer electronics companies in their response to this serious problem, and Enough Project, Campus Progress, and A Thousand Sisters protested the opening of their store in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. But Apple has started to turn the corner on conflict minerals with some substantial steps.  Read More »

Coordinated International Leverage: The Missing Element from Congo's Peace Process

Editor's note: This paper is the final installment in the Enough Project's three-part series on the process, substance, and leverage necessary to create a path toward a viable peace in eastern Congo and the wider region.

President Joseph Kabila of DRC
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