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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 an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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