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Contacts

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

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...
Miners, including children, washing minerals in Katanga, DRC

Keeping children out of mineral supply chains

May 11, 2016
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...

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-...

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.

'One day at a time’: Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

October 29, 2015
Safari Kulimushi, a 47-year-old father of 13 in DRC, lives his life as a miner one day at a time. With Pact’s support, his livelihood has become a safer, more secure choice.

‘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."
Rwandan miners

Event to explore world of promise for mining communities

October 6, 2015
Artisanal and small-scale mining may be one of the most difficult occupations, with its back-breaking work and often rudimentary tools. Despite the inherent challenges, more than 100 million people...

Faces and voices of Colombia’s artisanal miners

August 4, 2015
They are men and women. They are old and young. One crushed stones to feed her family. One grew up watching miners sift for bits of gold almost too small to see, and now she advocates on behalf of...