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Rwanda

Contacts

Yves Bawa

country director
ybawa@pactworld.org

Hélène Rodriguez Sherman

senior program officer
hsherman@pactworld.org

In recent years, Rwanda has become an important model for economic growth in Central Africa. The discovery of mineral resources has become an increasingly important contributor to this growth.

The mining industry in Rwanda, which has not been very strong historically, has grown to become one of the most important income generators in Rwanda, second only to tourism.

In 2011, the National Bank of Rwanda reported nearly $168 million in revenues from mining for the country. 

Recognizing the potential for a responsible, regulated mining sector to deliver social development and improved governance, Pact and its partners are helping resource-dependent communities to organize their activities and develop dependable sources of income.

In the Great Lakes Region, Pact participates in the mineral traceability mechanism called the iTSCi scheme, which is a program that started in 2011 in Rwanda and Katanga (DRC) as part of national and international efforts to address the challenges of the link between minerals and conflict.

As part of the iTSCi program field implementation, Pact works in partnership with the Rwandan government (Geology and Mines Department, or GMD), industry and civil society to help ensure that minerals conform to the standards expected by the international markets, promoting development rather than conflict.

Pact currently works in over 400 mine sites in Rwanda. These mines employ nearly 20,000 miners and 4,700 other workers around the country.

Stories and Highlights

Pact's Yves Bawa nominated as leader against conflict minerals

March 14, 2016
Pact is pleased to announce that Yves Bawa has been nominated for this year’s Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders list. Bawa serves as Pact’s regional director in Africa’s Great Lakes region...

Plummeting commodity prices increase risk of ‘conflict minerals’ in consumer electronic devices

February 11, 2016
A steep fall in worldwide mineral prices is jeopardizing the operational traceability system designed to both stem ‘conflict minerals’ and protect vulnerable artisanal miners in Africa’s Great Lakes...

Unconflicted: Mineral traceability in Africa’s Great Lakes region

October 29, 2015
Throughout Africa’s Great Lakes region, Pact and our partners are working to ensure small-scale and artisanal miners have legal access to international markets and a safer, more secure livelihood.

‘Big difference in my life’: A small-scale miner’s story

October 29, 2015
“There is a big difference in my life before mining and my life today."

Pact, partners reach critical milestone in mineral traceability in Africa

July 16, 2015
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,...

Report sheds new light on conflict-free mining in Africa's Great Lakes

July 14, 2015
Today, Pact released a report detailing the state of conflict-free minerals in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The report provides an in-depth look at traceability and due...
Mining in Rwanda

Breaking mining myths in Rwanda

December 4, 2014
In countries around the world, the extraction of minerals plays a vital role in supporting local communities and individuals. Mineral resources are finite and non-renewable, but mining can be...

Improved mining practices betters lives and incomes of local artisanal miners

July 25, 2014
Four years after the introduction of new rules for the regulation of tin, tantalum, and tungsten mineral supply chains from Central Africa, nearly 700 mines in the Great Lakes Region of Africa are...