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In recent years, Rwanda has become an important model for economic growth in Central Africa. The discovery of mineral resources has become an increasingly important contributor to this growth.
The mining industry in Rwanda, which has not been very strong historically, has grown to become one of the most important income generators in Rwanda, second only to tourism.
In 2011, the National Bank of Rwanda reported nearly $168 million in revenues from mining for the country.
Recognizing the potential for a responsible, regulated mining sector to deliver social development and improved governance, Pact and its partners are helping resource-dependent communities to organize their activities and develop dependable sources of income.
In the Great Lakes Region, Pact participates in the mineral traceability mechanism called the iTSCi scheme, which is a program that started in 2011 in Rwanda and Katanga (DRC) as part of national and international efforts to address the challenges of the link between minerals and conflict.
As part of the iTSCi program field implementation, Pact works in partnership with the Rwandan government (Geology and Mines Department, or GMD), industry and civil society to help ensure that minerals conform to the standards expected by the international markets, promoting development rather than conflict.
Pact currently works in over 400 mine sites in Rwanda. These mines employ nearly 20,000 miners and 4,700 other workers around the country.