Why is it that many regions that abound with mineral resources are the most miserable places, keeping their inhabitants in an iron grip of conflict, poverty and disease? The root causes are complicated and differentiated, but greed, lack of transparency and lack of responsibility are some obvious reasons. New Routes 2.2010 elucidates this topic from a number of different angles with a somewhat provocative question: Extractive Industries – What’s the problem?
The effects – and side-effects – of Extractive Industries touch on people’s lives in a wide range of situations: among producers, sellers, buyers, users … Therefore this issue of New Routes needs to be widely spread. In your networks you have a large number of potential readers. Do let them know about this thematic issue! It will be distributed from June as hard copy and can also be downloaded in four colour PDF format from www.life-peace.org
The articles offer examples from, among others, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Guinea and Colombia.