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November Development Drinks

November 7, 2012 | By |

When: Wednesday, November 14th and 6:30-7:30pm
Where: The Cavern Room @ The Lions Brewery Restaurant, 59 King Street North, Waterloo

Title: The Role of the Mining Industry in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Hosted by Kirsten Van Houten, Armed Violenece and Development Specialist
We would like to invite you join us for November’s Development Drinks!
At this event, Kirsten will go over the impact of mining in the Eastern DRC. She will provide a brief history of the conflict in the DRC and background on the mining industry. She will then go on to discuss documented examples of the mining industry’s involvement in armed violence as well as engage in a broader discussion indirect impacts of the illicit mineral trade on armed violence and development. Finally, we will conclude with an open discussion of accountability mechanisms and any other areas of interest.
Kirsten holds an M.A. in International Development from Dalhousie University. She conducted research for her M.A. thesis in South Africa where she worked with Congolese Refugees. She has worked with a variety of organizations including DFAIT and the Halifax Refugee Clinic on issues relating to armed violence and development. She recently returned from a CIDA internship in Uganda where she was working as the Peace and Conflict Officer for the Uganda Cooperative Alliance.

Development Drinks is a casual event where we invite a speaker to develop a discussion about various international development topics in a laid back atmosphere. We hope to see you there!

Also, if you are someone, or know of anyone, in the region who would like to speak about a particular international development topic, please feel free to contact Aatif via email: baskanderi@gmail.com