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September 20, 2017

The dark secret powering your cell phone

This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum's website.  As I stood in New York’s Penn Station on Sunday, commuters in suits and tourists wearing I Love New York T-shirts waited for their trains to Boston, Washington DC and beyond. But looking out over this sea of people, I realised I could only see the tops of their heads. Everyone...

Dirk Jan Koch and Jolien Van Ooijen observing the WORTH for miners module.
July 10, 2017

Government of Netherlands Special Envoy on Natural Resources visits Pact in Goma

On June 7, Pact’s office in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, received a delegation from the Government of the Netherlands. The Special Envoy for Natural Resources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Jan Koch, accompanied by Hans Raadschilders, Maarten Heetderks, and Jolien Van Ooijen, visited activities implemented by the Scaling Up...

Artisanal, small-scale miner in Rwanda
January 31, 2017

Using data to tell the artisanal and small-scale mining story

This post originally appeared on the World Bank website and has been cross-posted with permission. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) provides a critical livelihood for millions of people across the world. And artisanal miners produce a significant portion of the world’s minerals and gemstones, often enduring difficult and hazardous working...

Mother and child in Katanga, DRC
June 10, 2016

Addressing child labor demands an integrated approach

This post orginally appears on the Crowd360 website and is cross-posted with permission. In factories, fields, and mines around the world, 85 million children toil in hazardous conditions that directly jeopardize their health and safety. By its nature, this type of work puts their physical and mental development at risk on a daily basis. It...

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Miners, including children, washing minerals in Katanga, DRC
May 11, 2016

Keeping children out of mineral supply chains

The sun is high and blistering down on a sparse landscape. Sounds of hammers and picks are constant throughout the hot day. People come and go, hauling heavy sacks of rocks from pits and tunnels to be crushed, washed and sold. This is life at an artisanal mine in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Access to Justice community meeting
December 10, 2015

Helping vulnerable people exercise their voice, access their rights

"Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." That’s the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day. At Pact, we believe all individuals are entitled to fair treatment under the law and protection from harm. That’s why, across Africa, Asia and Latin America, we help people understand and seize their rights. In South Sudan, the world’s newest country, more than...

July 16, 2015

Pact, partners reach critical milestone in mineral traceability in Africa

While work remains, Pact and its partners have made significant progress implementing a traceability and due diligence system in the Great Lakes region of Africa to assure minerals as conflict-free, experts said during panel discussions marking five years since the United States adopted legislation meant to stop conflict minerals.

April 22, 2015

A brighter future in Walikale

After five years of hard work and patience, artisanal miners are on the job in Walikale – free from fear and violence, with access to legal markets for the tin, tantalum and tungsten that go into our smartphones, tablets and other devices. Walikale, a territory in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is among Pact’s biggest...

November 6, 2013

Breaking the chain: Child mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Children as young as 7 years old work eight or more hours a day in the artisanal and small-scale mines that dot the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is one of the worst forms of child labor, due to the hazardous conditions and strenuous work.

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