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Yves Bawa

country director

Nikita Gurudas

program officer

Sustainable Development of Mining in Rwanda

Country: Rwanda
Funder: DFID

Sustainable Development of Mining in Rwanda (SDMR) is a three-year technical assistance program funded by the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID). The program is using a market systems development (M4P) approach to economically and sustainably grow Rwanda’s mining sector by fostering an increase in private sector investment and improving the livelihoods of small-scale miners and their communities. Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd has been contracted by DFID to manage SDMR. Pact is providing technical support. Learn more about SDMR here.

ITA Tin Supply Chain Initiative (ITSCI)

Country: Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda
Funder: ITRI

Pact leads field implementation for the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative (ITSCI), the region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals -- tungsten, tin and tantalum. 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. Pact conducts mine baseline studies to assess when sites are able to enter the system and supports governments in implementing the mineral tracking system. We also ensure that international guidance for ‘conflict free’ minerals is respected, including no human rights abuses, child labor, armed conflict or corruption. Pact records incidents when they arise and facilitates their resolution. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families.