The Resource Curse in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Analysing the Coltan Conflict and the Involvement of Foreign Actors

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The Resource Curse in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Analysing the Coltan Conflict and the Involvement of Foreign Actors

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: The Resource Curse in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Analysing the Coltan Conflict and the Involvement of Foreign Actors
Author: Montoya Pelaez, Laura
Issue Date: 2017-09-01
Keywords: DRC
coltan
conflict
resource curse
mines
congolese war
exploitation
Abstract: The DRC has been a conflict-ridden country since pre-colonial times, it is paradoxical that a country so rich in natural resources remains so poor and underdeveloped. This thesis attempts to discover whether the modern, industrialised countries play any role in the perpetuation of the conflict situation in the DRC regarding the exploitation of 'Coltan' which is a widely used mineral for the manufacturing of smartphones and other electronic devices. The historical legacies of the DRC will be explored, an analysis of the conflict situation in the eastern provinces of the DRC will be provided and the commodity chain of coltan will be discussed.
Supervisor: Bellucci, Stefano
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/49000
 

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