“I needed to understand the supply chain. So I went down a mine, traded for a bit of gold, put it in my sock like smugglers do, and went to find a buyer.”

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Episode notes

Dan spent several years with the “Group of Experts” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These are people tasked by the UN Security Council to work out what is really going on with sanctions, armed groups, and smuggling.

That’s a job with an incredibly interesting day-to-day, and we unpack it from several different directions:

  • What does good research looks like for these incredibly sensitive, often dangerous, issues?
  • What do we still get wrong when we think about eastern DRC, and why? What’s wrong with our mental models?
  • How can someone with an academic skillset contribute effectively, and really use that to create social value?