Democratic Republic of Congo
Watato Inje Ya Mungoti: Children Out of Mining
Since 2015, Pact's Children Out of Mining project has been working with local and international partners as well as private-sector companies to address child labor at DRC mine sites. With positive, collective action and an integrated package of interventions designed to address root causes, the project achieved a 97 percent reduction in the number of children working at project mine sites in the first two years. Children Out of Mining, also known as WIM, has included awareness raising and education and livelihoods and positive parenting skills development. The project has changed attitudes and norms about child labor, increased community awareness of children’s rights and improved the enforcement of bans on child labor. Recent additions to the project have included targeted interventions to support particularly vulnerable and older children, as well as the expanded use of Pact’s signature WORTH for Miners program, which provides literacy, numeracy, savings and financial skills to miners to increase mining families’ economic resources and potential. The project has also added local committees in key mining areas, training for local suppliers on international standards, and exchange visits with other mining communities addressing child labor.
This project is supporting Congo's effort to develop a national framework for artisanal and small-scale mining. In addition to helping the country's government to finalize a national strategy and policy for artisanal mining, Pact is building the capacity of the government to carry out the strategy. The specific agency that Pact is strengthening is Congo's Service d’Assistance et d’Encadrement due Small Scale Mining. The project also includes the creation of a national database of artisanal and small-scale mining information. Pact is partnering with the UK-based consulting firm Estelle Levin Ltd. and a Belgian organization, the International Peace Information Service.
Central Africa Forest Ecosystem Conservation (CAFEC)
This project is using community-based natural resource management and the development of alternative, sustainable livelihoods in forest communities to preserve the humid forest ecosystems of the Congo Basin near Salonga Park.
ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi)
Pact leads field implementation for the international tin association’s ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi), the region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals -- tungsten, tin and tantalum. The system monitors minerals from the point of extraction at mines sites to smelters, where minerals are processed for use in electronics and other everyday devices. Pact conducts mine baseline studies to assess when sites are able to enter the system and supports governments in implementing the mineral tracking system. We also ensure that international guidance for ‘conflict free’ minerals is respected, including no human rights abuses, child labor, armed conflict or corruption. Pact records incidents when they arise and facilitates their resolution. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families.
Scaling Up Mineral Traceability (iTSCi) in the Great Lakes Region
This project is expanding the iTSCi mineral traceability system, building the capacity of mining sector stakeholders, providing health and safety programming at mine sites and bringing Pact's signature WORTH model to miners. Learn more here.
Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES)
LINKAGES is PEPFAR and USAID’s first global HIV/AIDS project dedicated to key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and transgender people) and their sexual partners. LINKAGES accelerates the ability of partner governments, civil society organizations and private-sector providers to plan and deliver HIV prevention services, as well as services to improve enrollment and retention care for those who are HIV-positive. As a core partner in a consortium of international organizations, Pact works to develop the capacity of community-based organizations and civil society organizations and networks serving key populations in several countries.