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Democratic Republic of Congo

Contacts

Yves Bawa

country director
ybawa@pactworld.org

Nikita Gurudas

program officer
ngurudas@pactworld.org

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, vast mineral resources offer the prospect of real economic benefit. But their high value can also lead to exploitation and complex social problems. Pact and its partners are using systemic solutions to help overcome these and other development challenges, particularly in artisanal and small-scale mining communities. 

Pact leads field implementation for ITSCI, the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative. ITSCI is the region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals: tungsten, tin and tantalum. In several DRC provinces as well as in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, 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. This allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families. 

Pact is also helping communities in DRC to markedly reduce child mining. Since 2015, our Children Out of Mining project has worked with local and international partners as well as private-sector companies to address this critical issue. With positive, collective action and an integrated package of interventions designed to address root causes, Pact and its partners have changed attitudes and norms regarding child labor, increased community awareness of children’s rights, improved the enforcement of bans on child labor and helped families find alternative ways to earn income.

In partnership with USAID, Pact is also working to reduce conflict between the DRC's Batwa and Baluba people by strengthening conflict mitigation mechanisms and resolution processes for peace-building, and improving livelihoods through social cohesion and collaboration.

Stories and Highlights

Sewing apprentices cut fabric to make Covid-19 face masks. (Photo: Pact)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, meet three young people leaving child mining behind

August 10, 2020
Child labor in mining has long been categorized as one of the worst forms of child labor by the International Labour Organization. It is arduous work that exposes children to significant health and...
A qualification and validation team visits a mine site in the Mapimo area.

SMSV project creates new dynamic for monitoring mining activities for Mapimo sub-monitoring committee

May 29, 2020
The Shabunda territory is the largest and one of the most landlocked territories in South Kivu province in Democratic Republic of the Congo. The territory’s population makes a living mainly from the...
Chemaf reviews information about Mutoshi with visitors to the site.

World Day for Health & Safety at Work: How conditions are steadily improving for miners, including at one DRC cobalt site

April 27, 2020
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 uses an integrated,...

Kits for kids: Keeping children in the classroom and out of mines in DRC

August 19, 2019
On a sunny day in April, 210 students and their parents stood in anticipation outside a school in Cité Musonoie, a mining town located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) copper-cobalt mining...

New Pact-USAID project in DRC will stem child labor, violence and other illegal activity at mine sites

July 26, 2019
Pact has received a new award from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help counter illegal activities including child labor, violence and other human abuses in the...

In her own words: A former child miner in DRC makes a new start

May 28, 2019
Since 2003, Pact has worked to improve the lives of artisanal and small-scale miners through its Mines to Markets program. This includes efforts to end child labor in mining, from Colombia to the...

Responsible sourcing: Facing the challenge of artisanal and small-scale mining

November 15, 2018
Much of world's cobalt is dug by hand in the Democratic Republic of Congo by artisanal and small-scale miners. Pact works to make artisanal and small-scale mining safer, non-exploitative, formalized...
Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To stem child labor in mining, it takes a village

August 30, 2018
When was the last time you thought about the minerals inside your cell phone or laptop? Where did they come from? Who mined them?

Pact's new documentary film reveals progress in the fight against child labor in Democratic Republic of the Congo

June 12, 2018
On June 12, World Day Against Child Labor, Pact, an international development organization, debuted its first short documentary film revealing on-the-ground evidence of progress in the fight against...

Children Out of Mining

June 11, 2018
Since 2003, Pact has used its integrated approach to development to target the complex root causes of child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining. Spanning continents and minerals – including tin...