Cobalt isn’t a conflict mineral

The current socio-economic climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo is uncertain and difficult. Policymakers need to properly assess the risks to ordinary Congolese people from expanding the “conflict minerals” category. Luwowo, conflict free certified, Coltan mine…

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Public funds for private gain

The planned global Education Outcomes Fund--the UN seems onboard--would create markets for “non-state” providers while guaranteeing profits for private investors that purchase “impact bonds.” Image: Aikawa Ke (via Flickr CC).…

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The president’s footballers

Star players in Cameroon’s national soccer team have always doubled as PR pawns for the protracted rule of Paul Biya, the country’s aging and hard-line head of state. Samuel Eto'o taking a penalty during a match for Cameroon in 2010. Image credit…

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