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Democratic Republic of Congo

Contacts

Yves Bawa

country director
ybawa@pactworld.org

Nikita Gurudas

senior program specialist
ngurudas@pactworld.org

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, vast natural resources in minerals and forestry offer communities the prospect of real economic benefit. But their high value can also attract unregulated exploitation, particularly in the volatile east of the country, rife with political tensions and armed conflicts.

Pact and its partners are going to the root of the problem, helping forest and mining communities and their families to organize and develop dependable sources of income.

In the mining sector, Pact works in partnership with government, industry and civil society to help ensure that minerals make it to international markets without interference, promoting development rather than conflict.

The bar code on this mineral tag contains detailed data on every point of the supply chain.

In the Great Lakes Region, Pact participates in minerals due diligence mechanism called iTSCi. The program started in 2011 in Katanga and Rwanda, and was extended in 2012 to the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema. At the end of 2012, more than 25,000 artisanal miners were working in mines participating in iTSCi. Communities around mines are able to grow economically and peacefully, thanks to income from the mines as well as the additional economic activity it triggers. For some families, it means being able to send their children to school.

In forest areas, communities organize to have a voice in the management of natural resources. They learn and apply best-practice agricultural techniques to reduce pressure on the forest and increase the duration of land use by crops.

Stories and Highlights

Responsible sourcing: Facing the challenge of artisanal and small-scale mining

November 15, 2018
Much of world's cobalt is dug by hand in the Democratic Republic of Congo by artisanal and small-scale miners. Pact works to make artisanal and small-scale mining safer, non-exploitative, formalized...
Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To stem child labor in mining, it takes a village

August 30, 2018
When was the last time you thought about the minerals inside your cell phone or laptop? Where did they come from? Who mined them?

Pact's new documentary film reveals progress in the fight against child labor in Democratic Republic of the Congo

June 12, 2018
On June 12, World Day Against Child Labor, Pact, an international development organization, debuted its first short documentary film revealing on-the-ground evidence of progress in the fight against...

Children Out of Mining

June 11, 2018
Since 2003, Pact has used its integrated approach to development to target the complex root causes of child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining. Spanning continents and minerals – including tin...

Responsible tin offers better business than gold

October 23, 2017
Shabunda is the second largest territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province. With a reputation for its rich mineral deposits, the area is also locally believed to possess...

Pact expands fight against worst form of child labor in Africa

October 11, 2017
This week, Pact announced new activities to combat child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through support from Google. Under the expansion, Pact will grow its work in tin...

The dark secret powering your cell phone

September 20, 2017
This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum's website.  As I stood in New York’s Penn Station on Sunday, commuters in suits and tourists wearing I Love New York T-shirts waited for...

Major push to end the hidden human toll and pollution behind smartphone and electric car batteries

September 19, 2017
Businesses, international organizations and NGOs have joined forces to end child labour, hazardous working conditions, pollution and the environmental damage behind the booming trade in batteries for...
A miner in Democratic Republic of Congo carries materials.

Pact and Microsoft expand fight against child labor in Congo mining

August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, Pact and Microsoft Corp. announced an expanded partnership to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Microsoft has made a new, three-year financial...
Dirk Jan Koch and Jolien Van Ooijen observing the WORTH for miners module.

Government of Netherlands Special Envoy on Natural Resources visits Pact in Goma

July 10, 2017
On June 7, Pact’s office in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, received a delegation from the Government of the Netherlands. The Special Envoy for Natural Resources of the Ministry of Foreign...