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Artisanal miners: Friend or foe?

Transition minerals hold immense potential for economic growth and social development in resource-rich nations like the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, past experiences have linked the natural resource sector to human rights abuses, economic exploitation, and governance failures. In the second episode of our special series with Investing in African Mining Indaba, Marcus Courage and Laura Cornish speak with Marie-Chantal Kaninda, President of Glencore in the DRC. The DRC produces more than two-thirds of the world’s cobalt output, and last year Glencore was the biggest cobalt producer in the country. Marie-Chantal explains the measures Glencore has put in place to responsibly source the commodities that advance everyday life.

“We have created sewing cooperatives for artisanal miners. Many have been joining agricultural, restoration and all sorts of different projects. We have really tried to help artisanal miners look at alternative livelihoods, to integrate other types of activities.”

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