Our Government Partners

ITSCI is pleased to hold Memoranda of Understanding with partner Governments which allows us to benefit from the assistance of their official mining services to help implement traceability. In return, the services have direct access to the data that they generate in the field, which helps them to improve control of the mineral sector, as well as improved conditions at mine sites, and formalize taxation leading to more reliable revenue collection. The mining services also benefit from training from ITSCI staff on the implementation of traceability, as well as the importance of risk assessment and due diligence.


L’Office Burundais des Mines et Carrières

(OBM, Burundi Mine and Quarry Authority)



Ministere des Mines

Ministry of Mines and their mining services, Division of Mines, SAEMAP and CEEC

Democratic Republic of Congo


Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board




Our Donor Partners

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

The MFA funded ITSCI to implement the Conflict Free Tin Initiative (CFTI) which achieved a landmark success in 2012 to 2014 by bringing together a range of partners to bring about a resumption of trade to the mines around Nyabibwe in South Kivu, DRC. The significance of this pioneering work remains immeasurable and it leaves a legacy on which iTSCi can build. See the CFTI Legacy Site 

Following the success of the CFTI, the MFA generously supported ITSCI again from 2015 to 2017 in order to ensure the Scaling Up of Traceability and due diligence across even more mining areas in central Africa that had been under a de-facto embargo. These funds brought more miners and their communities back into the responsible market, increased economic opportunity, and improved security and governance. Scaling Up also added social value through training on savings and business skills, improving health and safety in artisanal mines, and addressing various human rights issues such as gender equity. See Scaling Up ITSCI

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) through the South African Department for Trade and Industry dti provided very welcome assistance to ITSCI during times of rapid set-up and growth in 2011-2013. This was focused on activities in Katanga, Rwanda and Burundi, and towards the end of the DBSA project, assisting in pushing back the de-facto embargo in the Kivus’.

Growth with Governance – Promines DRC

Support for equipment and training was provided by the PROMINES project of the Government of the DRC and the World Bank. ITSCI received equipment for use in Maniema and Katanga  in 2014, and funding for training of all stakeholders in due diligence and mitigation in 2015. PROMINES aims to enhance good governance in the mining sector and to increase the contribution of the mining sector to the country’s economic growth and sustainable development at the local, provincial, and national level and as such, has objectives well aligned with ITSCI.

Our Advisory Panel

Our Advisory Panel is open to NGO’s and others with expertise in the relevant implementing countries and with an appropriate knowledge of the mining sector and mineral trade. Membership of the Advisory Panel provides an opportunity for interested parties to have a positive input into the direction of the Programme, with particular regard to recommendations on the mitigation of, or response to, risks.

Panel members receive information on activities and challenges faced by ITSCI and are welcome to provide suggestions or other comment. Membership of the Panel does not signify an implicit endorsement for the Programme or its activities, and members remain fully independent from the Programme.

ITSCI welcomes enquiries from any potential members.

Jim Freedman

Western University, Canada

Jim Freedman is Emeritus Professor at Western University in Canada and conducts applied policy research in the areas of conflict reduction and building stability in fragile states. He has worked extensively in the African Great Lakes Region, the DR Congo especially, with both the private and public sectors to strengthen reputable mining firms and counter the mineral trade that fuels ongoing conflict. He served on the United Nations Panel of Experts in 2002 which set in motion a proactive, OECD-based strategy for monitoring the mineral trade. He drafted the original design for certifying and tracking minerals in Rwanda that has subsequently been fully adopted. He has worked with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to design a scheme that would simultaneously reinforce the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative and provide support for reputable mining organizations. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations and private mining firms in the Eastern Congo on corporate strategies for promoting mining and reducing its criminalization. He has recently published a paper outlining this strategy and its rationale (“Tackling the tin wars in the DR Congo”, Mineral Economics No. 24 2011).

Leah Butler

Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)

Leah Butler serves as the Program Director of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). Leah is responsible for oversight of the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) and operations of the RMI as a whole. She works with members and external stakeholders to build consensus on RMI policies and ensure adherence to quality standards that lead to continued market acceptance and program effectiveness.

Over the past eight years, the RMI has developed resources, tools, and programs aimed to support responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, gold, and tungsten (3TG). Previous to the RMI, Leah worked for eight years on issues of regulatory compliance, stakeholder engagement, community development, and governance in the industrial and extractives sectors. Her past work focused on environmental investigation and remediation of industrial and small scale mining sites and urban hazardous waste sites. She has worked for government, international development consulting firms, and the mining industry in the United States and Africa. Leah holds an MA in International Relations and Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Science from University of California, Berkeley.

Pieter Vanholder

Life & Peace Institute

In order to contribute to transforming conflicts in the Kivu provinces, the Life & Peace Institute (LPI) supports local partner organisations in becoming centres for conflict transformation. One of the key approaches is the facilitation of constructive change processes through Participatory Action Research (PAR). In PAR, all actors concerned are engaged in a process of analysing the causes and consequences of conflict as well as identifying constructive actions for the future. Thus, research is geared towards supporting actors in creating nonviolent transformative processes.