economic and social upgrading
in global production networks

Capturing the Gains Briefing Notes 02

Blood on your mobile phone? Capturing the gains for artisanal miners, poor workers and women

Dev Nathan and Sandip Sarkar


Most people today are familiar with the term ‘blood diamond’; but many more of us buy mobile phones and how many know the term ‘blood mobiles’? Our research will explore the complex network of global mobile phone production. In this briefing note, we trace the key actors in the deadly coltan chain at the root of the global telecoms production network.

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