Stories from the Field

From informal trader to owner and manager of a mine

From informal trader to owner and manager of a mine

Mr Kwizera Bosco, 35 years old, started trading small manufactured products in Kunganzo centre, in Ngororero district (located within Gatumba historic concession) at the age of 16. In 2007, he started buying minerals illegally from the concession and other sites in...

ITSCI participates in the fight against COVID in the DRC

ITSCI participates in the fight against COVID in the DRC

Already under threat from the economic shocks of the global crisis, protecting the health of ASM mining communities and stopping further disruption to their livelihoods is essential. Since the beginning of the pandemic, ITSCI has leveraged its extensive field network...

Joint tag management in South Kivu for greater transparency

Joint tag management in South Kivu for greater transparency

In Numbi, management of ITSCI tags was a point of tension and suspicion. The concession owner SAKIMA, the mining company AMUR and the local cooperative COPAMIHANUBU were on one side, and state technical services SAEMAPE and Divimines were on the other. The presence of...

ITSCI’s Risk Awareness Radio Campaign in DRC

ITSCI’s Risk Awareness Radio Campaign in DRC

A radio campaign was launched in DRC broadcasting every month over 500 spots in both French and Swahili on 21 radio stations. In Maniema province’s Lubutu territory Hugo Assani Muloba, a host of “Umoja ya Lubutu” radio station, noticed the interest of his audience on...

ITSCI trains the National Steering Committee (NSC) in Burundi

ITSCI trains the National Steering Committee (NSC) in Burundi

In 2019, Burundi inaugurated its National Steering Committee for 3T Mineral Traceability and Due Diligence. The NSC follows the model established by ITSCI in neighbouring DRC, and is one of the recommendations from the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible...

PPA Delegation Visits ITSCI Sites in DRC and Rwanda

PPA Delegation Visits ITSCI Sites in DRC and Rwanda

In December 2019, members of the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) had the opportunity to visit ITSCI mine sites in the Great Lakes region. Representatives of the U.S. government, PPA Secretariat, and downstream companies toured mines in the...

ITSCI member company participates in community improvements

ITSCI member company participates in community improvements

Since it started operations in Muhanda, ITSCI member NL Mining Ltd has had a positive impact on the community through the eradication of illegal mining and Corporate Social Responsibility actions carried out in partnership with the local community and local...

ITSCI’s ‘25-minute chat’ with miners in DRC

ITSCI’s ‘25-minute chat’ with miners in DRC

When ITSCI expands to new areas, the team begins by establishing and training a local multi-stakeholder committee. In Bitale, ITSCI, accompanied by a delegation led by the Provincial Minister of Mines' Cabinet Director, trained 62 participants in April 2019. The...

Boosting local businesses and Bringing peace among clans

Boosting local businesses and Bringing peace among clans

In the Pangi territory, the benefits of the ITSCI programme have transformed a decades-long local conflict. Since 1975, the Nbizu, Ngozi and Kayeye clans have been in a protracted land dispute. The clans disagreed about the boundaries between each community’s land in...

Sparking Growth in ITSCI Communities in Burundi

Sparking Growth in ITSCI Communities in Burundi

In July 2019, the Burundian government stressed the importance of the mining sector, which contributes more to the national economy than the traditional exports such as coffee and tea. ITSCI covers 155 sites in 21 communes in Burundi and directly employs at least...

Mobilisation campaign against child labour in Rwanda

Mobilisation campaign against child labour in Rwanda

In 2015, the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), composed of 17 goals aimed to be achieved by 2030. Under Goal 8, which promotes decent work and economic growth for all, target 8.7 calls for an end to child labour worldwide by 2025....

International Delegates see benefits of ITSCI first-hand

International Delegates see benefits of ITSCI first-hand

ITSCI and the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) took the opportunity in organising a mine site visit on 17 October 2018 for the 150 delegates attending the 59th Tantalum Niobium International Study Center (T.I.C.) in Kigali, Rwanda. This allowed for the...