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Supporting mining cooperatives in Beni

November 9, 2020

The population of Beni Territory has been victim of deadly violence since 2014, following the presence of national and foreign armed groups such as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebellion and Mai Mai groups. The stabilisation project ‘Ensemble pour Beni’ aims to address insecurity and promote stability in the territory through a variety of initiatives, including a pillar focusing on ‘relaunch


Alistair Steward

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

November 6, 2020

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 remotely, so I was soon up and running as a GIS intern. The internship was the concludi


GeONG Forum Kufatilia

Transparent, independent and participatory: How can a platform support a network of CSO in Congo?

November 3, 2020

On the occasion of the 2020 GeONG Forum, IPIS presented its project Kufatilia. In a video, IPIS explained how this phone-based participatory platform helps Congolese CSOs reporting and monitoring incidents in the mineral supply chains.


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Intermediate findings on the Belgian National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights.

November 3, 2020

On October 29th, researchers from the University of Antwerp, the University of Leuven and IPIS presented their intermediate findings on the Belgian National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights (NBA) during a workshop of the Sustainable Development Goal Forum 2020.


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Story Map of ASM Sites in the DRC

October 6, 2020

Explore IPIS’ eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) webmap with a guided narrative. In its new story map, IPIS presents data gathered on eastern DRC’s artisanal mining sector and highlights key information from its reports investigating the interactions between natural resources and conflict dynamics in the region.


Letseng Diamond Mine

Online Conference – Human Rights in the Diamond Supply Chain

October 6, 2020

On October 7th and 8th, representatives of IPIS, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition and Human Rights Watch, will highlight the human rights violations occurring in diamond mining communities producing Kimberley Process certified diamonds and present recommendations.


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IPIS’ project Matokeo among the winners of the ASM Grand Challenge

October 2, 2020

On October 1st, IPIS and its partner Ulula were awarded a $118,000 price for their project “Matokeo” during the ASM Grand Challenge Award Ceremony.


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IPIS’ successful handover of the Regional Mineral Database to ICGLR

September 29, 2020

IPIS finalised the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Database on Mineral Flow and successfully handed it over to the organisation. Once operational, this web-based database will be gathering and updating data on mine sites, chain of custody, and exporters.


IPIS on BNNR’s Training Day: “Natural Resources: Stakes, Consequences, Alternatives”

September 18, 2020

On Saturday, October 3rd 2020, the Belgian Natural Resources Network (BNNR) will welcome you for a day of training on the stakes of natural resources, the consequences of their exploitation and the alternatives to be built.


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Kufatilia leaflet

September 17, 2020

IPIS supports an independent, transparent and participatory platform for incident reporting and community empowerment in responsible sourcing in the eastern DRC artisanal mining sector. Discover what Kufatilia is all about.


National Baseline Assessment

New Website on the Belgian National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights

July 23, 2020

The website on the Belgian National Baseline Assessment on business and human rights (NBA) informs stakeholders on the NBA process, timeline and methodology.


Webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 on African communities affected by diamond mining

July 7, 2020

On Monday July 6, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KP CSC) organised a webinar on addressing the challenges posed by Covid-19 for African diamond mining communities.


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IPIS recrute deux chercheurs pour une consultance en Août 2020

June 5, 2020

Dans le cadre du projet “Améliorons la sécurité, la cohésion sociale et les droits humains dans les régions minières de l’est du Congo”, IPIS, membre du consortium formé avec International Alert et l’Observatoire Gouvernance et Paix (OGP), cherche à recruter deux consultants pour une cartographie des acteurs et une analyse des dynamiques du conflit et des enjeux politico-économiques de l’artisanat


Story Map of ASM sites in Central African Republic

June 4, 2020

Discover a new approach to IPIS interactive webmap of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) sites in Central African Republic through this interactive Story Map. In partnership with national authorities in Central African Republic (CAR) and USAID’s Artisanal Mining and Property Rights project, IPIS mapped and analysed the artisanal mining sector in the western part of the country, and outlines so


IPIS’ policy regarding the covid-19 crisis

April 3, 2020

  April 1st, 2020 Faced with the present covid-19 context, IPIS is concerned with the health and security of its staff, local researchers, surveyors, partners and local communities. IPIS wants to contribute to curbing the spread of the virus. Following the recommendations from the Belgian government, the headquarter staff in Belgium is actively teleworking since mid-March. In the light of the evol


Second multi-stakeholder dialogue on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania urges focus on “the human rights impact of large infrastructure projects”.

March 24, 2020

Dar es Salaam, 18 March 2020 For the second time, Business and Human Rights Tanzania (BHRT), the Tanzanian Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) and the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) brought together key stakeholders from civil society, the business community and various government agencies from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar for an annual multi-stakeholder dial


“Civil society challenges complacency of the Kimberley Process at UN gathering in New York”

March 4, 2020

Addressing government and industry representatives in New York on March 3, at the occasion of the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the Role of Diamonds in Fueling Conflict, the Kimberley Process (KP) Civil Society Coalition (CSC) questioned the often-hailed contribution of the KP to preventing conflict and promoting development. A conflict prevention tool? During event


Mapping ASM sites in the Central African Republic: Official Presentation in Bangui

February 3, 2020

In January 2020, IPIS presented the results of its diagnostic report and mapping of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sites and gold supply-chains in western Central African Republic (CAR) to national authorities and civil society organizations during a three-days’ workshop in Bangui. The objectives of the mapping exercise are to support the CAR Ministry of Mines and Geology (MMG) and other k


IPIS is recruiting a researcher

January 23, 2020

International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute based in Antwerp (Belgium), providing governmental and non-governmental actors with information and analysis to build sustainable peace and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is centred around four programmes: Natural Resources, Business & Human Rights, Arms Trade & Security and Conflict Mappin


My GIS internship experience – a word of goodbye from our latest intern

December 19, 2019

It was early September when I started my internship at IPIS, but the story started way earlier. During my Master’s degree, I came across this research centre and used part of the extensive information it provides on artisanal mining and conflict in eastern DRC. Eventually, I ended up writing my thesis based on IPIS data. It seemed then very natural to apply for an internship in IPIS GIS team in or


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