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Hi Kate

Thanks for the link. Ellen, the work you do sounds great. We support work in DRC which also adopts the VSLA model, and our partners have a lot of experience in conflict resolution, so if you think it's useful to connect, then do let me know. We're also working with a network of peacebuilding organizations across Burundi, which could be another interesting link.

Cheers
Dylan

Hi Kate, Ashley and all at OpenIDEO

Just a quick note to say that we've really enjoyed the experience of designing this project with our partners in this way. It's been challenging but also exciting and we've appreciated the feedback from the experts. We very much hope that we are selected for funding, but even if not, we've appreciated the process and have learned a lot from it, along with our partner. So thank you for enabling us to participate in this challenge.

Best wishes
Dylan and the rest of the Peace Direct team

Hi Eldy

Yes, I agree. A totally unfair situation, and one that the majority of small scale and artisanal miners live with. They mine precious metals but still live in poverty. We are aiming to change that, by introducing enhanced production methods which produce more gold and in a way that not only is kinder to the environment but also supports peace in the region. We're really excited about this, and we'll let you know how things progress!

Cheers
Dylan