Archive for the ‘Democratic Republic of Congo’ Category

Fibre to Put DRC At Centre of Africa Connectivity

Via AllAfrica, an article on plans to build a fiber network in the DRC: Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook plans to build a metro fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo to connect East and West Africa by land. Though they are yet to reveal when the construction of the network will commence, the […]

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The Dark Side of DRC’s Cobalt

Via The New Yorker, an article on cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo: In June, 2014, a man began digging into the soft red earth in the back yard of his house, on the outskirts of Kolwezi, a city in the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. As the man later told neighbors, he had […]

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Solar Investors Bet On DRC

Via African Business, a report on two major solar energy projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Two major solar energy projects have been announced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the space of a week as investors target one of Africa’s least electrified markets.   A consortium led by Gridworks, a UK government-backed developer and […]

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Congo, Coltan, Conflict: How the Digital Boom Fueled Conflict in Congo

Via McGill’s International Review, an article on how industry’s search for coltan has led to conflict in the DRC: The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources, owing to a tremendous deposit of untapped raw minerals. However, as Congo emerges from a brutal history […]

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A Chocolate Factory In A Conflict Zone

Via The Economist, an interesting look at a Belgian chocolatier’s efforts to open a factory in the DRC: Dominique Persoone, the bad boy of Belgian chocolate, has served powdered chocolate that has been snorted like cocaine at a party for the Rolling Stones and had the sticky stuff drizzled on naked women for a photo […]

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How To Get Beer Around Congo

Courtesy of The Economist, an interesting look at the logistics challenges of doing business in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The barge, weighed down by half a million bottles of beer, pulls out into the middle of the Congo river. At its tip, breezy rumba music drifts out of a small radio and a group […]

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