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Contacts

Yves Bawa

country director
ybawa@pactworld.org

Noel Mondjo

program officer
nondjo@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

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 project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Funded by USAID, the project is working to build peace in the southern...
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 program: Learnings through the years

August 16, 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...

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...
Child labor infographic

Global approaches to tackling one of the worst forms of child labor

June 11, 2021
Child labor is an insidious problem that robs children of their childhood. For children engaged in hazardous work, it endangers their physical and mental health and...

EGC releases Responsible Sourcing Standard for artisanal cobalt from DRC

March 31, 2021
Today, following extensive collaboration between Technical Committee members, EGC, Trafigura and Pact, with support from external experts, EGC released its ‘EGC Responsible Sourcing Standard’ (“the...

How green are electric vehicles?

March 4, 2021
This New York Times article explores the environmental impacts of electric vehicles, including the cobalt they require, most of which comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pact's Mickaël...
An artisanal miner at work in DRC. (Credit: Pact)

Pact, AOC and Philips Monitors partner to improve responsible sourcing of minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 16, 2020
International nonprofit organization Pact, AOC International (Europe) B.V. and MMD-Monitors & Displays Nederland B.V. (Philips Monitors), leaders in the global monitor market, announce a new...
An artisanal miner in DRC.

Entreprise Générale du Cobalt enters into a trading agreement with Trafigura with the aim to transform the artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

November 23, 2020
Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (“EGC”) has today announced the signing of a trading agreement with Trafigura Pte Ltd (“Trafigura”).
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...