Stories from the Field

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...

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...

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...