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Conflict Gold to Peace Gold - part 2 - Greg Valerio
We live in a crazy world and gold fever only adds to the madness. The stories we hear of conflict gold from the DR Congo are true, however they are only one half of the story. The other half of the story is the one I am here to explore with Peace Direct partners Centre for Resolution of Conflicts (CRC), whose coordinator is Henri Ladyi. The central conundrum that CRC have identified and want to tackle is, ‘can responsible and well-organised small-scale mining by ex-combatants lead to genuine peaceful and sustainable transformation? I have witnessed elements of this idea in my work in securing traceable gold from Colombia from the Green Gold project in my capacity as Founder of CRED Jewellery. The benefits of which are plain to see now that the certified Fairtrade Gold programme has five certified mining groups in the system. Cred Jewellery alone has paid over $100,000 in FT premiums to their Fairtrade gold partners Sotrami in Peru, since its launch in Feb 2011. To date Sotrami have invested this money in to education in their community as well as the establishing of a food store that supplies at wholesale prices to the wider community. This …