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Coloured gemstones in eastern DRC: Tourmaline exploitation and trade in the Kivus

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Responsible sourcing efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to date have focused predominantly on the so-called 3TG (tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold) sector. Nevertheless, the artisanal exploitation of other minerals including semi-precious gemstones, such as tourmaline, can also make notable contributions to local livelihoods […]

Pierres de couleur dans l’est de la RDC: L’exploitation et le commerce de la tourmaline dans les provinces du Kivu

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Jusqu’à présent, les principaux efforts d’approvisionnement responsable en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) se sont principalement concentrés sur le secteur des 3TG, c’est-à-dire la cassitérite (Tin), la wolframite (Tungsten), le coltan (Tantalum) et l’or (Gold). Cependant, l’exploitation artisanale d’autres types de minerais, comme les pierres précieuses et semi-précieuses,[…]

Extractive Orders: a political geography of public authority in Ituri, DR Congo

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Public authority is an essentially contested concept in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Not only is the ‘state of the state’ subject to profound disagreement in academic debates, but public authority on the ground is also the focal point of heated contestation. While some argue that the DRC does not exist as a state […]

Business, Human Rights and Uganda’s oil. Part III: Respect and Remedy: Implementing corporate responsibility under the UN Framework on Business and Human Rights

The following is the third in a series of four reports exploring business and human rights issues in Uganda’s oil sector. This series is a collaboration between IPIS vzw and ActionAid Uganda. The 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights operationalise the 2008 Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework. In accordance herewith, this third […]

Thorns amongst the roses. A Cross-country analysis of human rights issues in flower farms in East Africa

Floriculture is one of Africa’s most lucrative export sectors and can bring significant benefits to producer communities, but only where operations are conducted in a manner that is sustainable and respectful of the rights of workers and communities. Thorns Amongst the Roses summarises the human rights impacts that the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), the […]

Mineral supply chains and conflict links in eastern democratic republic of congo

Between 2009 and 2010 IPIS collected data on over 550 mining sites as part a conflict mapping exercise focusing on Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With the collaboration of Congolese researchers, IPIS collected the coordinates of the most important mining sites and information on on-site security in North and South Kivu provinces, Maniema, Northern […]

Le droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement Guide pratique

Ce guide a pour but de sensibiliser les acteurs de terrain à l’importance du droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement. Il s’adresse à tous ceux qui travaillent sur le terrain et vise à les aider de manière concrète face aux défis de l’eau et de la pauvreté. Il adopte une approche qui part de la […]

The Right to Water and Sanitation: A Practical Guide

This guide is designed to raise awareness on the importance of the right to water and sanitation. It is addressed to those who work at the grassroots, and aims at helping them with practical ways to address the challenges of poverty and water issues. The guide adopts a bottom-up approach to highlight the steps that […]