Stories from the Field

The “Good Mining Governance” Radio Show in South Kivu, DRC

The “Good Mining Governance” Radio Show in South Kivu, DRC

Radio can be an effective way to reach local communities in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since 2020, communities in Shabunda territory can listen to a weekly radio programme aiming to provide information about the mining sector. The shows...

Joint visit in Masisi territory, North Kivu, DRC

Joint visit in Masisi territory, North Kivu, DRC

ITSCI helps foster stronger local governance of the 3T artisanal mining sector through stakeholder engagement, including via joint field visits in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other ITSCI areas. These missions are designed with representation of...

Empowering women in the Rwandan mining industry

Empowering women in the Rwandan mining industry

Many women are involved in the mining sector in Rwanda, and active in a historically male-dominated industry. The Rwandan government actively encourages women to study science and engineering and established regulatory and policy instruments to promote gender...

Traceability helps to promote community well-being

Traceability helps to promote community well-being

In June 2021, ITSCI field staff visited Kisende primary school in Kizigaziga village, in Maniema’s Pangi territory. The school has recently been renovated by Ngozi artisanal mining cooperative (COMINGOZI). The rehabilitation reinforces the cooperative’s pledge for...

Training local stakeholders in Maniema

Training local stakeholders in Maniema

In July 2021, ITSCI DRC Programme Manager (PM) Vincent Gbolo Songe travelled throughout Maniema Province to conduct special training sessions with CPP and CLS members, accompanied by the provincial PM Alpy Songoli. The CPP and CLS are provincial and local...

Joint workshop for due diligence and traceability staff by ITSCI-RMB

Joint workshop for due diligence and traceability staff by ITSCI-RMB

On 27th August, ITSCI organised a workshop in partnership with the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) to support exporters in their due diligence practice and strengthen their knowledge of ITSCI procedures, including traceability and risk management.  Among...

Language Adaption Brings Local Partners Together in Luena

Language Adaption Brings Local Partners Together in Luena

Engaging stakeholders at the local level can be a delicate balancing act, as the ITSCI programme seeks to build inclusive partnerships to improve traceability and due diligence on the ground in tangible ways. Trust is a crucial element that contributes to successful...

SAEMAPE provides new scales to reduce traceability incidents

SAEMAPE provides new scales to reduce traceability incidents

SAEMAPE (Service d’assistance et d’encadrement des mines artisanales et de petit echelle) is the DRC government service devoted to supporting artisanal and small-scale miners, and a key ITSCI partner on the ground. SAEMAPE agents are tagging minerals with ITSCI at the...