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What’s Wrong with Dodd-Frank 1502? Conflict Minerals, Civilian Livelihoods, and The
Unintended Consequences of Western Advocacy

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 284

28 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2012  

Laura Seay

Morehouse College

Date Written: January 5, 2012

Abstract

Although its provisions have yet to be implemented, section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is already having a profound effect on the Congolese mining sector. Nicknamed “Obama’s Law” by the Congolese, section 1502 has created a de facto ban on Congolese mineral exports, put anywhere from tens of thousands up to 2 million Congolese miners out of work in the eastern Congo, and, despite ending most of the trade in Congolese conflict minerals, done little to improve the security situation or the daily lives of most Congolese. In this report, Laura Seay traces the development of section 1502 with respect to the pursuit of a conflict minerals-based strategy by U.S. advocates, examines the effects of the legislation, and recommends new courses of action to move forward in a way that both promotes accountability and transparency and allows Congolese artisanal miners to earn a living.

Suggested Citation

Seay, Laura, What’s Wrong with Dodd-Frank 1502? Conflict Minerals, Civilian Livelihoods, and The Unintended Consequences of Western Advocacy (January 5, 2012). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 284. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2009350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2009350

Laura Seay (Contact Author)

Morehouse College ( email )

830 Westview Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
United States

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