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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, vast mineral resources offer the prospect of real economic benefit. But their high value can also lead to conflict, 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.