Beyond the Bike - conflict minerals and Africa

Ruth Tarrant

1st October 2015

What causes civil war? There are many theories, but at the heart of many recent African conflicts has been the devastating search for minerals to fuel our purchases of electronic gizmos and our love of diamond bling. This week on their Beyond the Bike journey, Stuart and Claire ventured into the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the assistance of a small social enterprise based in Amsterdam - Fairphone - to explore the start of the supply chain for many of the minerals essential for the production of smartphones, so-called conflict minerals. For quick primer on conflict minerals, see the video below:

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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