Stories from the Field

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...

Improving working conditions beyond conflict

iTSCi has brought about significant change and achievement in the application of due diligence in 3T mineral supply chains related to our primary mission around prevention of conflict and human rights abuses. Beyond these issues it is possible to do much more to...

Stakeholders combat illegal taxation by FARDC

Although iTSCi has helped to bring about change in mineral sourcing in the up-stream 3T supply chain in the DRC, risks are still present and issues will always occur. All stakeholders can help to identify and mitigate risks and this process is facilitated and recorded...

A new home for the mine authorities

Beside a 20 year old 40-square-meter wooden building, the provincial director of the North Kivu Mines Division, Emmanuel Dimubanze talks about where he and many of his 52 agents used to carry out their work to manage the minerals sec-tor across the Province of North...

Helping protect the Upemba national park

While iTSCi focuses on the implementation of due diligence for the avoidance of conflict and human rights issues, the traceability and risk management systems which have been put in place have many other benefits, with one such benefit being the possibility to help...

Burundi – new opportunities after a crisis

The 3T mineral sector in Burundi has faced many challenges, and, limited by lack of financing and political difficulties, has never reached its potential. However, the government and mineral companies have fought to establish responsible supply of 3T’s and the future...

Jeanne d’Arc, empowering women miners

Jeanne d’Arc Itangishaka is 28 years old and a proud miner. She works for Wolf-ram Mining and Processing Company, leading a team of other miners in the Bure-ra district of Rwanda in a mine site called Gifurwe. In 2014, Jeanne d’Arc started working in Gifurwe with...

Formalisation; a game changer for Burundi’s miners

André Nduwabandi is married and has 10 children. He is the oldest of all the min-ers in Nyagatobo II mine, located in the Bubanza province of Burundi, and has been working there since informal mining activities started at the site five years ago. Nyagatobo II’s...