VACATURE: aanwerving programmabeheerder, voor spoedige indiensttreding

International Peace Information Service (IPIS) vzw is een onafhankelijk onderzoeksinstituut dat informatie, analyse, en capaciteitsversterking op maat voorziet ter ondersteuning van actoren die een visie van vrede, duurzame ontwikkeling en mensenrechten willen realiseren. De groei van onze organisatie vraagt om een versterking van onze beheerscapaciteit, in het bijzonder om de hoge standaarden te bewaken die onze …

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“The Blue Mine” as a new status for qualifying mine sites in DRC. The result of successful advocacy by the Madini Project

On November 12th 2021, the National Minister of Mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madam Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi, signed the ministerial decree instituting a new status for the qualification /validation for artisanal mining sites: the Blue Status. Mine site qualification and validation (in line with the ICGLR’s Regional Certification Mechanism ) is a …

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New large-scale mapping project of artisanal and small-scale mining in eastern DRC launched

Over the next two years, IPIS – in partnership with USAID, Tetra Tech and the Congolese Ministry of Mines (SAEMAPE) – will undertake a large-scale mapping effort of artisanal and small-scale mining sites in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the aim to provide observers, suppliers and policymakers with reliable data to understand …

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WEBINAR ALERT: Conflict diamonds are real, real talk is rare & affected communities want answers

On 20 October 2021, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KP CSC) is convening its second webinar of 2021 in the conversation on “Conflict diamonds are real, real talk is rare”. IPIS, as part of the KP CSC, is co-hosting this 90-minute webinar. The webinar is an opportunity for the diamond and jewellery industries to …

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OPPORTUNITY: IPIS is looking to engage a student in its GIS & data team

IPIS is looking for a university student based in Belgium for 15 hours a week (average) during 3 months (renewable) to assist the GIS and data team with data processing, statistical analysis and development of interactive dashboards. About IPIS: The International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute providing tailored information, analysis and …

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ONLINE EVENT: The European Regulation on Responsible Mineral Sourcing: what are the lessons learned so far?

From 21 to 28 September 2021, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc), Germanwatch, IPIS, Justice & Paix, the MADINI project, Ecumenical Network for Central Africa (ÖNZ) will host an online conference bringing together local and European civil society representatives, European Union (EU)’s officials and companies. This event will provide recommendations to EU decision-makers with …

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An updated human rights complaint system for Tanzania

Over the past three years, IPIS has been collaborating with Tanzania’s Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) to create a new system that allows the public to lodge human rights grievances with CHRAGG. This work is part of the EU-funded project “Improving monitoring, research and dialogue on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania”. …

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Knowing your rights: awareness raising on land and environmental rights and access to justice in rural communities of Tanzania

As part of the EU-funded project “Improving monitoring, research and dialogue on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania”, Business and Human Rights Tanzania (BHRT) has been conducting public education campaigns in remote rural areas of Tanzania. This activity aimed to support individuals and communities affected by or vulnerable to corporate harm to claim their rights …

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Kufatilia wins the 2021 Stop Slavery Award

The 2021 Stop Slavery Award attributed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation was granted to Ulula for the project Kufatilia, in the category “collaboration”. Kufatilia is an artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) incident tracker developed by IPIS and powered by Ulula. It is a tool for Congolese civil society organisations to report and monitor incidents in Eastern DRC …

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Third Multi-Stakeholder Conference on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania stresses the need for awareness, stakeholder engagement and a National Action Plan

On the 17th of February 2021, around 80 key stakeholders from civil society, communities, business and government agencies from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar gathered at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Dar es Salaam for the third annual multi-stakeholder conference on Business & Human Rights in Tanzania. This event was organised by the Tanzanian Commission for Human Rights …

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Workshop Tanzania

Discussing Business and Human Rights in Tanzania: stakeholder workshops

On 16 February 2021, Business and Human Rights Tanzania (BHRT), the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) and the Commission for Human Rights and good Goverance (CHRAGG) held a series of bilateral consultations and workshops with civil society and business stakeholders in preparation of the third annual Multi-stakeholder Conference on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania, …

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EU Conflicts Minerals Regulation

The relevance of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation for 3TG producing countries

The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation will come into force on January 1, 2021. From this date, European 3TG importers will need to carry out due diligence to identify, manage and report on risks in their supply chains. Concerned companies, the Member State Competent Authorities, the EU Commission and producing countries all need to make the …

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Kufatilia

Kufatilia – Towards a more responsible gold supply chain in eastern DRC

Artisanal and small-scale gold is widely used in the electronics industry. But gold is also the predominant conflict mineral in eastern Congo, where it is illegally traded to fund armed actors. Artisanal gold is difficult to trace, and because of its volume it can be easily smuggled. Few gold mines in eastern Congo are officially …

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Alistair Steward

Shining a light on IPIS data – A goodbye from our latest GIS intern

With the world going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, late March 2020 was perhaps not the optimum time to move to a new city and begin a six-month internship. My bewilderment was quickly alleviated: IPIS staff did a great job of welcoming me on to the team and provided training on various software …

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