Stories from the Field

A new home for the mine authorities

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

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

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, 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

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...

Mineral revenues fund community health centre

Mineral revenues fund community health centre

One morning in December 2015, a 900m² plot of land stretched before Olivier Mitima in the town of Nyabibwe, South Kivu, DRC. Olivier is the president of the town’s civil society as well as president of the local monitoring committee (CLS) of mining activities in the...

Guidance reduces illegal mining and child labour

Guidance reduces illegal mining and child labour

Poor oversight of any mine site by authorities, and lack of proper management by companies, can unfortunately create the opportunity for illegal mining to occur. Adults and/or children, desperate to find any source of income to survive, may enter a mine site to work...

Better livelihoods thanks to formalised mining

Better livelihoods thanks to formalised mining

Like many others growing up in Busoro, Innocent Sibomana’s family was large and faced with the challenges of poverty; his father had two wives and there were 12 children in the family. Innocent described his situation in the earlier years of his life; “I dropped out...

Building bridges from mineral revenues

Building bridges from mineral revenues

Imagine a small town in a lush green landscape with two mighty rivers running through it. Residents – farmers, nurses, children, merchants, mothers, miners, teachers – all going about their daily business. The town is called Bihambwe, located in North Kivu province in...

Potential set-back from low mineral prices

Potential set-back from low mineral prices

Before the iTSCi programme was implemented across the Great Lakes Region, the extraction of tin, tantalum, and tungsten (3Ts) ore was characterized by high levels of fraud with little monitoring of prices, taxes or other activities taking place in the mines, at...

Encouraging children away from work at mines

Encouraging children away from work at mines

In the DRC, in common with other artisanal mining areas around the world, children can be drawn into extraction, crushing, washing and transportation of minerals, often to help their families with income, pay for school fees, or cover their basic needs. Although the...

Combating illegal trading through formalisation

Combating illegal trading through formalisation

"Everything I have in life is thanks to mining tin. I have built two shops, and bought two pieces of land and 10 cows” says Kasheija Evariste, a production manager with African Panther Resources Uganda (APRU). Kasheija started mining in 2006 when he was 23 years old...