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Fatal Transactions - more information

Fatal Transactions is dedicated to transform Fatal Transactions into Fair Transactions: Transactions that truly contribute to sustainable peace and reconstruction in Africa.



Fatal Transactions is an international network of NGO's and research institutes who believe that the natural richness of Africa, be it gold, diamonds, oil or copper, can be a motor behind development and stability instead of a source of conflict. Revenues from natural resources often stimulate or continue conflict and human rights violations and threaten the just established fragile peace. In the mean time only companies, some individuals and corrupt governments profit while the local population hardly benefits from their countries natural wealth.

Fatal Transactions gathers information, organises events and does research. This way Fatal Transactions can show the link between conflict and human rights violations and resource extraction. Fatal Transactions acts as a critical watchdog towards governments, companies and international institutes and lobbies for more corporate social responsibility in resource extraction.

The collaboration amongst European and African organisations allows the individual members to be more effective by using the support, knowledge, infrastructure and information of other members for their activities. It also opens up the possibility of using each others campaign material and to participate in joint events. Most of all lobby and awareness raising activities, organised in more than one country at the same time, can only amplify each other and make the Fatal Transaction message come across stronger.

The project in Poland is coordinated by dr Dominik Kopiński. The project working group in the IIS includes Professor Elżbieta Stadtmüller, dr Konrad Czernichowski, dr Andrzej Polus and Karolina Bieniek.