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Contacts

Yves Bawa

country director
ybawa@pactworld.org

Nikita Gurudas

program officer
ngurudas@pactworld.org

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. 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 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

Sewing apprentices take part in a Pact program that is reducing child labor in mining in DRC by helping older children find alternative means of income. (Photo: Pact)

Combating modern slavery in artisanal cobalt mining is vital to achieving the Paris Agreement targets

October 19, 2020
Coinciding with Anti-Slavery Day on October 18, last week the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) released its review of UK aid spending to tackle modern slavery in developing countries...
Artisanal miners at work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: Pact)

Communities affected by Covid-19 receive support from expanded Pact, Trafigura, Chemaf program in DRC

October 12, 2020
The lives and livelihoods of artisanal and small-scale miners were precarious even before the Covid-19 pandemic. About 42 million people around the world work in artisanal and small-scale mining, or...

ITSCI: A decade of success

September 1, 2020
Pact is proud to be the lead on-the-ground implementer of the ITSCI system. This article was originally published in the July 2020 issue of the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center Bulletin,...
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...