Stories from the Field

Rwanda government improving inspection and controls

Since the start of the iTSCi Programme across Rwanda in 2010, we have worked closely with government staff of the Rwanda Mines Board (RMB) to ensure tracea-bility and due diligence is in place for all 3T minerals exported from the country. Traceability relies on RMB...

Whistleblowing addresses supply chain risks

Each month, our on-the-ground teams make hundreds of visits to mining areas, transport routes and mineral processing facilities in order to record potential issues with the 3T mineral supply chain which can then be further verified and highlighted to all stakeholders...

Local stakeholders help fight mineral fraud

Before the iTSCi traceability and due diligence programme was implemented in Shabunda territory, lack of control and monitoring had allowed widespread min-eral fraud, bribery, and other illegal activities to go unreported and unchecked. However, with the scaling-up of...

Mineral revenues bring light to save lives

Walikale territory, in the province of North Kivu, has long been known as an im-portant source of cassiterite from the DRC although it has in the past been associ-ated with high profile conflict issues. The province suffered from a de-facto embar-go from 2011 until...

Infrastructure challenges mining in Maniema

In Maniema province, mining activities are at the heart of the economy, providing livelihoods for thousands of miners and their families. Since iTSCi began there in 2012, more than 6,700 tonnes of minerals have been exported, with recent monthly production in Maniema...

Reducing risk of tag fraud by new procedures

The iTSCi traceability and due diligence programme was first implemented in Masisi in North Kivu during 2014, scaling up in the Province over time as resources and security allowed. iTSCi works closely with our partners in the government to put in place the...

Combatting fraud and illegal activity

After the decline in activity during the 2015 political crisis in Burundi, recent developments in the mining sector are much more positive. Implementation of iTSCi has enabled 3T minerals to access the international market as part of a responsible supply chain, and...

Responsible tin offers better business than gold

Shabunda is the second largest territory in the province of South Kivu, with a reputation for rich mineral deposits, and locally believed to possess significant amounts of tin, tantalum and gold. The territory is also very remote, leaving it more vulnerable to...

Establishing stakeholder groups in new provinces

In 2015, the Democratic Republic of the Congo went through a restructuring process of its administrative and political boundaries, sub-dividing many existing provinces into a total of 26, as opposed to the previous 11. As part of this process, Katanga was divided into...

A day in the life of an iTSCi field coordinator

Fabrice Muhire joined iTSCi as a Field Officer in 2013. Having previously worked as a Field Manager for the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, Fabrice was eager to join a leading international project like iTSCi, with a new and transformative vision for the mining...

Wide praise for SAESSCAM internship solution

The iTSCi programme has enabled mining regulatory authorities in the DRC to be more efficient, participating in training, tracking minerals and facilitating due dili-gence on minerals from the mine to export. In the Province of Maniema, 91 mines are included in the...

Mining communities learn new business skills

The iTSCi programme helps ensure that the minerals used in electronics and many other consumer products are responsibly sourced and don’t contribute to serious human rights abuses by helping miners, companies and authorities to implement traceability and due...