Our Work

Scaling Up iTSCi

The Scaling Up ITSCI project aims to expand ITSCI’s progress and strengthen long-term regional stability by improving governance and social benefits while enhancing the economic benefits of 3T mining to local artisanal and small-scale mining communities.

Activities include, collaborating with and supporting stakeholders in the mining sector to improve due diligence processes, living and production standards, while addressing occupational health and safety at mine sites and delivering livelihood programming for men and women miners through literacy, savings and small business development.


“We used to work secretly and we were always afraid that the police would arrest us”


“I am proud to be a model of empowerment and show others that it is possible for women to work hard and earn well in the mine”

Katanga Region (DRC)

“I understood that my place was not in the pits, but on a school bench”

Maniema Province (DRC)

“Now, all members of our Provincial Monitoring Committee will be able to collect information on incidents, report back, and take action”

South Kivu Province (DRC)

“With the Occupational Health and Safety Committee now in place, we have changed our working habits to lower dangers in the pits”

North Kivu Province (DRC)

“WORTH will strengthen cohesion amongst people in my village. It will help them go forward and empower them to better support themselves”

Where we work


With joint efforts from governments of the region, the government of the Netherlands and the international 3T industry, the Scaling Up ITSCI project aims to unlock ASM sector’s potential to be an effective force for development and peace in the region.

Men & Women Miners
Working in ITSCI Sites


Active Mine Sites
Within the ITSCI System


Local Stakeholder Committees
Overseeing ITSCI Implementation



Government Agents
Implementing ITSCI Sytem



News and Stories From The Field

Learn more about Scaling Up ITSCI through our stories from the field and stay updated with the latest news and reports of project activities and artisanal and small-scale mining recent developments by clicking on the links below.

Activities per Region

Democratic Republic of Congo

In the DRC, the ITSCI system operates in four provinces in close collaboration with government services under the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Over 35,000 miners in these areas now have access to the international market to sell their 3T conflict-free minerals and reap the benefits of their work with families and communities.


In Rwanda, implementation of the ITSCI system began in 2011 and covers the entire country. Since then, national law and policies have been passed that ensure all minerals exported must be traced. To date, ITSCI is the only scaled-up traceability and due diligence system in the country.


In Burundi, implementation of the ITSCI system began in 2014 and covers the entire country. Political and security uncertainties in Burundi led to the project stalling in 2015 and 2016. 

Local Stakeholder Meeting Summaries

When the ITSCI program is extended to a new mining area, stakeholder committees (local, provincial, and national) are formed and trained, to ensure constant monitoring of local ownership and sustainability of the activities ITSCI program. Stakeholder committees are usually chaired by the local administration chief and include mining authorities, mining technical services, security services (police, army and intelligence) as well as civil society. Meeting at least on a monthly basis, they are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the system allowing constant risks analysis and mitigation in the mining sector.
File Name Date Description
Lemera, South Kivu, DRC 06/03/2016 After the presentation of the agenda, the meeting started with the review of the previous meeting's recommendations and planned actions as well as the adoption of the meeting minutes. Afterwards, the status of high-risk incidents as well as community development project proposals were discussed…
Walikale, North Kivu, DRC 04/12/2016 After the reading and adoption of last meeting's minutes, participants shared the security situation and incidents of priority to be discussed as well as the status of the traceability system in the territory…
Luena, Katanga, DRC 03/26/2016 At the beginning of the meeting, participants evaluated the implementation of recommendations and mitigation measures established last meeting. Two of the recommendations were renewed and given a two-week deadline, while action concerning one recommendation involving the support to build a health centre in Kyenze have been followed through successfully…
Lowa-Numbi, South Kivu, DRC 03/25/2016 After welcoming participants, the meeting started with the presentation of the agenda, followed by the approval of the minutes and the evaluation of the recommendations and planned actions from the previous meeting…