Stories from the Field

Rwanda Extractive Workers’ Union (REWU) invites ITSCI at BTN TV

Rwanda Extractive Workers’ Union (REWU) invites ITSCI at BTN TV

The Rwanda Extractive Workers' Union (REWU) hosts regular TV shows to discuss mining issues, miners' rights, and ways to professionalise the sector. On February On February 29th Ildephonse Niyonsaba, ITSCI Programme manager was invited by REWU (Rwanda Extractive...

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...

News

NGOs call for emergency action in aid of ASM communities

NGOs call for emergency action in aid of ASM communities

Those who work in artisanal mining were already amongst some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable before the COVID pandemic, and are even more so now. Therefore, NGOs are calling for the international community’s attention to this crisis. Over 70 NGOs and civil...

CALL TO ACTION: EMERGENCY FUNDING REQUIRED

CALL TO ACTION: EMERGENCY FUNDING REQUIRED

ITSCI is urgently seeking support from our stakeholders, including donors, international institutions and downstream industry, in taking action in order to maintain livelihoods.  We echo the OECD and RMI calls to action in support of essential on-the-ground...

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON ARTISANAL MINERS IN CENTRAL AFRICA

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON ARTISANAL MINERS IN CENTRAL AFRICA

​COVID is directly affecting the livelihoods, health and long-term outcomes of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities where ITSCI operates.  The pandemic has caused supply chain disruption, low market prices and suspension and interruptions to mining...

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Press Releases

Responsible minerals programme receives donation from Qualcomm

Responsible minerals programme receives donation from Qualcomm

iTSCi announced that its responsible minerals programme has received a donation from Qualcomm Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies, to help break the link between minerals and conflict. iTSCi is a unique and highly...

OECD praise for “Remarkable Progress” of the iTSCi Programme

OECD praise for “Remarkable Progress” of the iTSCi Programme

The success of the iTSCi Programme in contributing to breaking the link between mineral trade and conflict in central Africa has been highlighted in the key findings of a detailed report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...

Statements

ITSCI standards protect endangered species

ITSCI standards protect endangered species

The ITSCI due diligence and traceability programme monitors over 2,000 tin, tantalum and tungsten (3T) mine sites across the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. These countries, besides their rich mineral resources, are also known for their...

ITSCI Statement on Lawsuit over Congolese cobalt mining deaths

ITSCI Statement on Lawsuit over Congolese cobalt mining deaths

As reported in the news media, five of the world’s largest tech companies have been named in a lawsuit filed on 15th December 2019 by human rights firm International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 parents and children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)....

iTSCi’s Response to Global Witness’ Time To Dig Deeper Report

iTSCi’s Response to Global Witness’ Time To Dig Deeper Report

Global Witness (GW) recently released a report ‘Time to Dig Deeper [1], which reviewed progress of annual public reporting as recommended in Step 5 of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. The review referenced many public reports of 3T companies who are iTSCi members...