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NGO report finds that most conflict in eastern Dem. Rep. of Congo not related to mining, warns that responsible sourcing initiatives could negatively impact local community

The Danish Institute for International Studies and the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) released an updated report and webpage analyzing 10 years' worth of data relating to conflict and artisanal mining in Eastern DRC. The findings suggest that most conflict is actually unrelated to mining activities, but groups in the area will fund themselves by other means, such as road blocks. The report also analyzed the effects of responsible sourcing programmes on the region and found that sites linked to these programmes experienced less armed interferance over time. However, responsible sourcing programmes also proved to have unintended consequences, such as increased poverty for artisanal miners, and often fail to improve local development or fight corruption.

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