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Yves Bawa

country director

Nikita Gurudas

program manager

Burundi is a country rich in natural resources and economic opportunities, but after a decade of civil war that ended in 2005, the country was one of the poorest in the world. Today, Burundi is on a path to development, and artisanal and small-scale mining, or ASM, is making a critical contribution to that development.

In 2014, Burundi became the third country in the Africa Great Lakes Region to implement the mineral traceability program known as ITSCI, the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative. Pact leads field implementation for 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. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families. In addition to Burundi, Pact implements the ITSCI program in neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pact and its partners are also working to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children in Burundi through the ACHIEVE project. 

Stories and Highlights

Toward a successful localization of the ITSCI Programme’s implementation in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

September 11, 2023
After more than 10 years of successful progress, Pact and ITSCI believe that local management teams have the ability and expertise to lead and deliver the implementation of ITSCI on the...

In Burundi, capacity development improves lives for orphans and vulnerable children

July 25, 2023
In May 2020, COPED (Conseil Pour Education et le Development) began implementing its first USAID-funded project as a prime implementing partner. The project, WIYIZIRE (Come here, we will support you...

With Pact’s support, mineral tracing in Burundi goes digital

February 23, 2022
Since 2014, Pact has been the field implementation partner for <a href="https://www.itsci.org/">ITSCI</a>, a traceability due diligence program for the responsible sourcing of tin,...
Girls play outside a DREAMS center in Lusaka, Zambia. Credit: Brian Clark/Pact

Leveraging digital technology to build a healthier future for adolescent girls and young women

October 8, 2021
In celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 11, the ACHIEVE consortium is excited to join the global community in recognizing the work that is being done to advance gender equality and...

Across Africa and beyond, HIV programs for orphans and vulnerable children provide a critical opportunity to respond to Covid-19

May 12, 2020
Imagine that a dangerous, highly contagious virus is spreading around the world, and you are tasked with helping communities challenged by poverty and marginalization to protect themselves. Imagine...

Pact-led consortium, USAID partner to reach HIV/AIDS epidemic control in pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and adolescents

June 25, 2019
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Pact and a consortium of leading global HIV/AIDS partners a five-year, $195 million grant, Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence...
Artisanal, small-scale miner in Rwanda

Using data to tell the artisanal and small-scale mining story

January 31, 2017
This post originally appeared on the World Bank website and has been cross-posted with permission. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) provides a critical livelihood for millions of people across...

Pact's Yves Bawa nominated as leader against conflict minerals

March 14, 2016
Pact is pleased to announce that Yves Bawa has been nominated for this year’s Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders list. Bawa serves as Pact’s regional director in Africa’s Great Lakes region...

Plummeting commodity prices increase risk of ‘conflict minerals’ in consumer electronic devices

February 11, 2016
A steep fall in worldwide mineral prices is jeopardizing the operational traceability system designed to both stem ‘conflict minerals’ and protect vulnerable artisanal miners in Africa’s Great Lakes...

Unconflicted: Mineral traceability in Africa’s Great Lakes region

October 29, 2015
Throughout Africa’s Great Lakes region, Pact and our partners are working to ensure small-scale and artisanal miners have legal access to international markets and a safer, more secure livelihood.