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Burundi is a country rich in natural resources and economic opportunities, but after 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, and artisanal and small-scale mining, or ASM, is making a critical contribution to that development.
In 2014, Burundi became the third country in the Africa Great Lakes Region to implement the mineral traceability program known as ITSCI, the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative. Pact leads field implementation for 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. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families. In addition to Burundi, Pact implements the ITSCI program in neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pact and its partners are also working to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children in Burundi through the ACHIEVE project.