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Rescuers work in Kamituga, South Kivu, at the entrance of one of the mines which collapsed following torrential rains trapping dozens of artisanal miners in September 2020. Photo by Stringer/AFP via Getty Images

How large miners and states stifle local capital and innovation in DR Congo

The mass privatisation of mining and the turn to foreign direct investment has created conflict with small-scale miners.
UN soldiers patrol the road where Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed. Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP via Getty Images

Violence is endemic in eastern Congo: what drives it

For nearly three decades, eastern Congo has been characterised by insecurity, with frequent outbreaks of violence between armed groups and attacks on civilians.
A copper mine in Phalaborwa, South Africa. The African continent is home to vast mineral resources. Mark Schwettmann/Shutterstock

Why African countries must invest more in earth sciences

It seems the production of Earth science knowledge in Africa is simply not progressing, despite the world's interest in (and exploitation of) the continent's mineral wealth.
Internally displaced persons gather for government briefing in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the scene of violent clashes between rival communities since 2019. Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP via Getty Images

How DRC’s colonial legacy forged a nexus between ethnicity, territory and conflict

Because ethnic territories are a major source of political friction and persecution in the world, it's important to investigate how they are created and used in conflicts.
Many researchers from the global North engage research assistants in their geographical field of research. Photo by Axel Fassio/FLICKR

Power dynamics with researchers on the ground needs a reset

Research assistants and associates from the global South are sometimes kept invisible, despite their crucial role in the research cycle.
A “creuseur,” or digger, descends into a tunnel at the mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images

As cobalt demand booms, companies must do more to protect Congolese miners

Companies can't verify that their source didn't involve artisanal mining. A discussion over responsible sourcing strategies and practices is needed.
Former DRC President Joseph Kabila, left, congratulates his succesor, Felix Tshisekedi, on his inauguration in January 2019. EFE-EPA/Kinsela Cunningham

Growing turbulence in DRC’s ruling coalition points to an early divorce

After endless, futile negotiations with the Kabila camp, Tshisekedi appears to have finally recognised the limits of the coalition government and has lost patience.

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