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Democratic Republic of Congo


Yves Bawa

country director

Noel Mondjo

program officer

Since 2003, Pact has worked on a wide range of development issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, mostly focused on artisanal and small-scale mining communties. Our work in DRC is helping to make this critical livelihood safer, more formalized and productive, and free of human rights abuses. 

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. Launched in 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 and helped families find alternative ways to earn income.

In partnership with USAID, Pact is also working to reduce conflict between 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.

Pact’s diverse funding streams in DRC include both public and private sector funding, allowing for a dynamic and holistic portfolio. We work with a wide range of stakeholders including communities, local civil society organizations, industry and national, provincial and local government institutions. 

Stories and Highlights

Formalization of artisanal mining in DRC

September 1, 2022
In July 2022, Pact staff visited a mine in DRC to evaluate the impacts of our programming in support of the formalization of the artisanal mining sector and sanitation in the artisanal cobalt...

Artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining and the importance of formalization: An explainer with Pact’s Mickaël Daudin

July 25, 2022
A key component in electric car and other rechargeable batteries, the mineral cobalt has recently taken center stage as a commodity critical to the global energy transition. Like other minerals used...

Podcast: Artisanal miners - heroes or villains?

July 21, 2022
Are the products we consume responsible for human and environmental degradation? In this episode of The Natural Resouces Podcast, Pact's Mickaël Daudin discusses artisanal and small-scale cobalt...

Through apprenticeships, DRC youth develop new trades and leave the dangers of mining behind

July 14, 2022
For many young people, working at a mine is a sure way to earn money in mineral-rich DRC. But it is also dangerous to their health and development, not to mention illegal. Considered one of the worst...

We know it is possible: Ending child labor in mining

June 1, 2022
From Africa to Latin America, Pact has worked for more than a decade to end child labor in mining – one of the worst forms of child labor. Using systemic, evidence-based and child-centered strategies...

Pact awarded new funding to expand conflict mitigation work in DRC

December 9, 2021
USAID recently awarded Pact $7.495 million in new funding to launch the next phase of the Tanganyika Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation (TCMR) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)....

New Pact guide helps artisanal miners understand their rights and responsibilities under Congolese law

November 11, 2021
Within the framework of its formalization and governance project funded by AOC International (Europe) B.V. and MMD-Monitors & Displays Nederland B.V. (Philips Monitors), Pact has...

EGC establishes Local Monitoring Committee for Kasulo

October 14, 2021
Aligned with the law of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), DRC mining regulations and OECD Due Diligence Guidance, the ‘
Banze Mwilambwe Kanage Ferdinand examines his crops, grown with support from the Tanganyika Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation project. Credit: TCMR

In their own words: Building peace between the Bantu and Batwa in the Democratic Republic of Congo

September 1, 2021
Two years ago, Pact launched the Tanganyika Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation (TCMR) project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Funded by USAID, the project is working to build peace in the...
Eliane’s dream is to have a workshop equipped with many sewing machines that will allow her to teach sewing to other children who have left the quarries in her community. (Credit: Pact)

Pact’s Vocational Education Programme

August 12, 2021
Since 2015, Pact has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo to eliminate and address child labour in Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM), which is one of the worst forms of child labour. We use a...