“I’m still the very same person as when I started, very radical and very strongly opinionated about human rights. It’s only that now I’m more informed.”

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Episode notes

Farai works to empower communities for whom an abundance of natural resources has brought nothing but trouble, including some extraordinarily grave human rights violations.

In a wide-ranging conversation we touch on:

  • The limitations of the “conflict minerals” movement, and how to think more broadly about good governance for natural resources.
  • His career evolution from human rights investigation and advocacy, to facilitating the development of workable policy solutions.
  • Tactics and risks of community organising in places where political repression is commonplace.
  • Staying motivated and sane over a decade-plus of advocacy in a very tough political environment.