Jade and Conflict: Myanmar’s Vicious Circle

Myanmar’s military and armed groups tightened their grip on the country’s lucrative jade trade even as the previous civilian government worked to reform the industry, with the coup threatening to further increase jade-linked conflict and corruption
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The military and other armed groups maintain a grip on some of Myanmar’s vast natural resources, including the multi-billion dollar jade trade. This is sustaining longstanding conflict and devastating communities. Transparency, better governance of the country’s extractives industry and removing financial incentives driving conflict are crucial to securing a lasting peace
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Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is rich in timber, oil and minerals and is an emerging frontier for agribusiness.
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