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Karen Hayes

Cristina Villegas

senior program officer
cvillegas@pactworld.org

Mining provides a livelihood for millions of men and women around the world, many of whom have few other options for supporting their families. Pact’s Mines to Markets program, or M2M, uses an integrated, holistic approach to help resource-dependent communities improve their lives.

Specializing in areas including health and safety in mining, human rights, traceability and transparency, economic empowerment among miners, mercury abatement and child labor reduction, we help communities to gain lasting benefit from natural resources by using them more sustainably. We also improve governance in the countries where we work, strengthening local, regional and national institutions.

Our M2M program currently operates in eight countries, seven of which are in Africa.

While there is no such thing as “sustainable mining” because mineral resources are finite and non-renewable, mining can be responsible and its benefits sustainable. With the right support, all mining producers—whether artisanal or large-scale—can be more environmentally and socially responsible and can deliver value beyond the life of a mine.

Mining represents an opportunity: The governments and communities that own and use mineral deposits have just one chance to capture the benefit that those resources can generate through the efficient, legal, regulated and equitable transformation of these natural assets. Pact works with all types of mineral producers and with diverse stakeholders to promote the sector’s formalization and better access to markets.

In partnership with artisanal and small-scale miners, we’re making this often-hazardous activity safer, more efficient, less environmentally damaging and more lucrative.

Read more about Pact’s mining work in ColombiaDRCRwandaBurundiEthiopiaMadagascar and Tanzania.

 

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...

For women who mine gemstones in Tanzania, knowledge is economic power

April 25, 2017
Last year, as part of its Mines to Markets program, Pact launched a partnership with Gemological Institute of America to test a new rough gem guide. It's helping women miners improve their...
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...

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.

From poverty to empowered employer of 20

September 26, 2016
Formalized small-scale mining provides a vital livelihood for people across Africa's Great Lakes region. Noel Nshimiyimana is one of them.
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...

Pact report highlights progress against child labor in mining in Congo

May 11, 2016
Today, Pact released a report detailing the progress of efforts to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The report provides an in-depth look at four years of on-the-...