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Yves Bawa

country director

Nikita Gurudas

senior program specialist

Burundi is a country rich in natural resources and economic opportunities. However, a decade of civil war that ended in 2005, the country was one of the poorest in the world. Today, Burundi is on a path to development.

A strong driver of growth in Burundi is its wealth of natural resources, particularly minerals.

Pact believes resource-dependent communities should benefit from their natural environment, which is why we work to ensure mining is a secure livelihood for the thousands of people who rely on the industry in Burundi.

In 2014, Burundi became the third country in the Africa Great Lakes Region to implement the mineral traceability and due diligence program known as iTSCi. The program aims the ensure minerals that make up our everyday items, such as phones and cameras, do not support conflict.

Pact currently implements the iTSCi program at 24 mine sites in Burundi, reaching more than 1,800 miners.

We also work with the World Bank to expand financial transparency in the country’s mining sector. Through tracking taxes and revenues from artisanal mining and minimizing illegal taxation of miners, this work will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Energy and Mines and improve miners’ income security.

In addition to Burundi, Pact also implements the iTSCi program in neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Stories and Highlights

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...

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.

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...

Not an easy job, but a better one

June 1, 2015
Five days a week at 7 a.m., Jean-Marie arrives at a mining site known as Rwamirambo I, located in Giteranyi village, in the province of Muyinga, Burundi. With a pickaxe and torch, he extracts...

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...
miner, Burundi, Pact, ITSCI, conflict-free, Africa

Improving mineral sourcing in Burundi

July 16, 2014
In May 2014, Burundi became the third country in the African Great Lakes Region to implement the internationally accepted iTSCi due diligence and mineral traceability system. iTSCi will be expanded...