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Recycling my mobile
A look at how mobile phones can be recycled to support world economies, and where mobile phone parts come from. Currently electronic waste is dumped illegally, but the United Nations want to make it possible for local communities to make better use of this waste. A teenager learns about how mobile phones are used to enable personal banking in Kenya. The precious metals used in mobile phones come from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This has led to war and conflict. He learns about the different ways this could be addressed.
Can be used: when discussing the use of natural resources in the production of consumer goods, and how this can lead to conflict and depletion in natural resources;
as a case study of a positive story about how mobile phones are used to support personal banking in Kenya; when exploring the role of the United Nations and the use of aid money to achieve longer-term, sustainable solutions for poverty reduction in African countries.
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