The ‘resource curse’: DR-Congo, bad presage for Virunga

Extract from TROCAIRE – CAFOD briefing on Oil extraction in Lake Albert, Uganda and DRC* The ‘resource curse’ Over 50 countries worldwide are defined as natural-resource-rich. In sub-Saharan Africa nearly half the population lives in oil- and mineral-rich countries, yet most of such countries have poor levels of human development. The phrase ‘resource curse’ describes… Read More

DR Congo eyes a greater share of its mineral riches

By Thomas Hubert BBC News, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo 22 April 2012 Last updated at 16:29 In Democratic Republic of Congo’s mineral-rich Katanga province, poverty is widespread and child mortality is higher than in any country in the world. The recently refurbished Grand Karavia hotel in Lubumbashi, the mining capital of the Democratic Republic… Read More