Laure Gerig

Viktor Bout documents released under Mandatory Declassification Review by the Clinton Library

In 2015 IPIS vzw asked for a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of selected documents in relation to Viktor Bout, produced by the Clinton administration between 1999 and 2001, and held in the Clinton Library. MDR “is a means by which any individual or entity can request any Federal agency to review classified information for declassification, …

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Feedback session: Sharing the results of the data collected in Shabunda

Since 2021, IPIS undertakes another large-scale mapping effort of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sites in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), – in partnership with USAID and the Congolese Ministry of Mines (through its technical service SAEMAPE).   The project aims to provide observers, supply chain actors and policymakers with reliable data to understand artisanal mineral supply chains and …

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Op-ed: Belgium’s inaction on diamond trade with Russia is not justifiable

This op-ed was published in Dutch in De Standaard on April 12, 2022 — Hans Merket The Antwerp diamond hub presents itself as the most ethical in the world. This does not sit well with turning a blind eye on the war in Ukraine. There are no arguments left to justify doing nothing about the …

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A goodbye from our latest student assistants in the GIS and data Team

At the end of 2021, as part of a university course on peace research, I started diving into the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its current production of minerals. During this research I came across IPIS and its Open Data Dashboard, which impressed me a lot. When I saw that there was a student job opportunity for the GIS …

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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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We need to talk about diamonds

Les diamants de conflits sont réels, les vraies discussions sont rares

IPIS est membre de la Coalition de la Société Civile du Processus de Kimberley qui œuvre pour l’amélioration des droits des communautés touchées par l’extraction des diamants. Une nouvelle vidéo de la Coalition souligne que les diamants de conflits ne sont pas une chose du passé. La vidéo montre aux bijoutiers les témoignages de Progress, …

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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 – Vers une chaine d’approvisonnement en or plus responsable dans l’est de la RDC

L’or exploité de manière artisanale et à petite échelle est largement utilisé dans l’industrie électronique. Cependant, l’or est aussi le minerais de conflit prédominant dans l’est du Congo, où il est illégalement commercialisé pour financer des groupes armés. L’or artisanal est difficile à tracer, et en raison de son volume, peut facilement être exporté clandestinement. …

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Soutenir les coopératives minières à Beni

La population du territoire de Beni est victime de violences mortelles depuis 2014, suite à la présence de groupes armés nationaux et étrangers tels que la rébellion des Forces démocratiques alliées (ADF) et les groupes Maï-Maï. Le projet de stabilisation “Ensemble pour Beni” vise à lutter contre l’insécurité et à promouvoir la stabilité dans le …

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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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GeONG Forum Kufatilia

Transparent, indépendant and participatif : Comment une plateforme peut-elle soutenir un réseau d’organisations de la Société Civile au Congo ?

A l’occasion du Forum GeONG 2020, IPIS a présenté son projet Kufatilia lors de la session “Lighting talks”. Dans une vidéo, IPIS a expliqué comment cette plateforme participative basée sur les SMS aide les organisations de la société civile (OSC) congolaises à signaler et à suivre les incidents dans les chaînes d’approvisionnement en minerais. Ce …

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Story map DRC

Story Map of ASM Sites in the DRC

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.

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