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Democratic Republic of Congo


Yves Bawa

country director

Phesheya Vilakazi

program manager

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, vast natural resources in minerals and forestry offer communities the prospect of real economic benefit. But their high value can also attract unregulated exploitation, particularly in the volatile east of the country, rife with political tensions and armed conflicts.

Pact and its partners are going to the root of the problem, helping forest and mining communities and their families to organize and develop dependable sources of income.

In the mining sector, Pact works in partnership with government, industry and civil society to help ensure that minerals make it to international markets without interference, promoting development rather than conflict.

The bar code on this mineral tag contains detailed data on every point of the supply chain.

In the Great Lakes Region, Pact participates in minerals due diligence mechanism called iTSCi. The program started in 2011 in Katanga and Rwanda, and was extended in 2012 to the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema. At the end of 2012, more than 25,000 artisanal miners were working in mines participating in iTSCi. Communities around mines are able to grow economically and peacefully, thanks to income from the mines as well as the additional economic activity it triggers. For some families, it means being able to send their children to school.

In forest areas, communities organize to have a voice in the management of natural resources. They learn and apply best-practice agricultural techniques to reduce pressure on the forest and increase the duration of land use by crops.

Stories and Highlights

Responsible tin offers better business than gold

October 23, 2017
Shabunda is the second largest territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province. With a reputation for its rich mineral deposits, the area is also locally believed to possess...

Pact expands fight against worst form of child labor in Africa

October 11, 2017
This week, Pact announced new activities to combat child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through support from Google. Under the expansion, Pact will grow its work in tin...

The dark secret powering your cell phone

September 20, 2017
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...

Major push to end the hidden human toll and pollution behind smartphone and electric car batteries

September 19, 2017
Businesses, international organizations and NGOs have joined forces to end child labour, hazardous working conditions, pollution and the environmental damage behind the booming trade in batteries for...
A miner in Democratic Republic of Congo carries materials.

Pact and Microsoft expand fight against child labor in Congo mining

August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, Pact and Microsoft Corp. announced an expanded partnership to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Microsoft has made a new, three-year financial...
Dirk Jan Koch and Jolien Van Ooijen observing the WORTH for miners module.

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

July 10, 2017
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...
Artisanal, small-scale miner in Rwanda

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

January 31, 2017
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...
Miners, including children, washing minerals in DRC

Pact and Qualcomm expand collaboration to address child labor in mining in Africa

October 28, 2016
This week, Pact and Qualcomm Incorporated expand our collaboration to tackle critical issues facing mining communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The additional support from Qualcomm will...

Building bridges from mineral revenue in the DRC

September 26, 2016
Responsible mining benefits communities in ways big and small. For one town in the DRC, Bihambwe, mining revenues paid for bridges so residents could safely cross two dangerous rivers.
Mother and child in Katanga, DRC

Addressing child labor demands an integrated approach

June 10, 2016
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...