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Battling with Market Forces to Achieve Transparency, Workers' Rights & a Fair Deal: Tea in India, Mining in the DRC

Start/End Monday, April 01, 2013 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 105

While creating wealth and opportunity for many, the expansion of the global economy has revived old problems and exposed new ones. The Human Rights Clinic has been involved with activists in India and the Democratic Republic of Congo in struggles to create new avenues for advocacy that connect consumers, investors, and companies along the supply chain.

Join us for a lunchtime discussion with two of the students participating in the projects. The first involves a World Bank investment in tea plantations owned by Tata Tea, a major multinational corporation. The plantations are an experiment in worker empowerment, development investment, and corporate social responsibility - but the story we uncovered was of one of poverty wages, worker harassment, unsafe working conditions and land confiscation. The second project involves a longterm collaboration to harness the power of the DRC's mineral wealth in order to achieve lasting development. The country's vast resources were privatized over the past decade in opaque and questionable deals. The Clinic's work has struggled to bring transparency and accountability to the sector.