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Burning assets

Ali, Taskeen (2014) Burning assets. LSE Research Festival 2014, The London School of Economics and Political Science (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Charcoal traders, Goma. In an environment where the rebel groups have established a shadow state and economy in a political economy framed by war, charcoal as a necessity is traded every day in Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The majority of charcoal in the markets here comes from Virunga National Park, a UN world heritage site. The charcoal allows the people here to survive; it then bites back with violence that is financed by the very same things. In contrast to existing scholarship on internationally traded high value commodities and conflict, for the first time, my initial research has found that charcoal as a locally traded low value good is funding and sustaining the conflict in North Eastern DRC. Rebel groups in collaboration with the Congolese army and local farmers generate ‘black money’ from this trade as a means for survival.

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Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/lseresearchfestival
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Research Festival 2014
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 09:28
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 09:28
Projects: LSE Research Festival 2014
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57889

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