Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo


Yves Bawa

country director

Noel Mondjo

program officer

As a DRC community recovers from conflict, improved rice farming fosters prosperity

April 17, 2023
Tanganyika, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a province plagued by inter-community conflict, and the city of Nyemba has not been spared. The Nyemba-Kinsunkulu axis in particular has seen...

In DRC, first aid trainings, outreach help miners improve occupational health and safety

April 5, 2023
Pact works in partnership with governments, industry and artisanal miners to make small-scale mining (ASM) safer, more productive and equitable. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, we’ve been...

Reducing child labor in mining in DRC through economic empowerment

April 3, 2023
Child labor has been reported at 1 in 4 artisanal and small-scall mining (ASM) sites in DRC. Pact is addressing the underlying causes of child labor in mining, including through our WORTH model...

With Pact’s support, a mother in DRC builds peace and fights poverty through farming

March 22, 2023
  Perpetue Ramazani, 45, has long farmed in her rural village in Tanganyika, in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But her yields of cassava were barely enough to sustain her and her...
Artisanal and small-scale miners work at a mine site in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Addressing root causes of human rights abuses

February 10, 2023
This February 2023 white paper by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly details how the formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining is a viable approach for addressing root causes of human rights abuses in...

Artisanal miners: A hidden but critical force in the global economy

January 25, 2023
What comes to mind when you hear the term artisanal miner? Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about artisanal and small-scale miners, including that their work results in largely negative...

Six reasons why industry must end slavery in cobalt supply chains

October 12, 2022
In this Context article, Pact's Amayèle Dia and James McQuilken explore key reasons why it’s time for businesses to understand that it’s not just morally right to tackle modern slavery, it’s good for...

Q&A: How Pact is building sustainable energy access & productive energy use around the globe

September 27, 2022
Globally, more than 1 billion people lack access to reliable, affordable energy. This presents a significant roadblock to development. Pact is working to end energy poverty and build a future in...

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...