Democratic Republic of Congo

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Cobalt demand is booming but miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo remain unprotected

Artisanally mined cobalt in the DRC often gets mixed with industrial production when it is sold to intermediaries in the open market. Typically, it is then shipped to refineries in China for further processing and then sold to battery manufacturers around the world.

Memes are helping people in the Democratic Republic of Congo to laugh at those in power

As the technology used to access and create internet content becomes increasingly available to Congolese people, locally produced content will inevitably continue to multiply and interact with global trends as well as to critique the wider political sphere.

Nestlé's Nespresso invests in the Democratic Republic of Congo's coffee revival

To support the revival of DRC's coffee farming communities and in partnership with the Eastern Congo Initiative, Nespresso is investing CHF 1 million to bring affordable healthcare and access to clean water to communities across South Kivu.

How the COVID-19 pandemic is changing Africa’s Digital Space

The impact of COVID-19 joins a long list of factors that expose Africa’s perceived economic backwardness; prompted by some of the infrastructures either lying in a poor state, being dormant, lagging on up-to-date trends or being summarily unavailable to the majority of the working population.

Demand for raw materials for rechargeable electric car batteries is set to rise

According to a new research report, the demand for raw mineral resources used to manufacture rechargeable batteries especially for electric vehicles will grow rapidly as the importance of oil as a source of energy recedes.

China's largest cobalt producer will stop buying cobalt from individuals

Chinese company, Huayou Cobalt, has said that it will stop buying cobalt from individuals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The decision is in response to child labor concerns which have been mounting from its customers and human rights groups.

A Canadian runs 21 pages dedicated to African countries on Reddit

Since 2011, almost half of the pages dedicated to African countries on Reddit, the world’s 20th-most popular website, are run by a Canadian. Without any luck to changes this, users of the Eritrean subreddit started a campaign that has managed to get enough traction to get a response.