Maps of South Sudan

CAR

The impact of Covid-19 on artisanal mines in western CAR

To assess the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the artisanal and small-scale sector in the Central African Republic, IPIS conducted a series of phone interviews targeting key informants to collect information on minerals production, prices and illegal taxation on gold and diamond artisanal mining sites in western CAR.

Impact of Covid-19

The impact of Covid-19 on the artisanal mining sector in eastern DRC

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, artisanal mining communities experience once more how much their livelihoods depend on the global economy. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, IPIS has closely monitored its impact on 3T, gold and diamond mining and trade in the DRC.

IPIS’ Annual Report 2019

This 2019 annual report provides an overview of IPIS’ research projects, capacity enhancement and outreach activities throughout last year.

Read the full activity report to see what IPIS has been up to in 2019.

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The impact of Covid-19 on artisanal mining communities in northern Tanzania

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, IPIS closely monitors the impact of the pandemic on 3T+G mines and national supply chains in Tanzania, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the DR Congo. Through structured quantitative and qualitative data collection, IPIS measures the impact on a large amount of mining sites. IPIS is working through

Voix du Congo : “Analysis of Incidents in the Artisanal Gold Supply Chain in Misisi”

See our series: VOIX DU CONGO   In the “Voix du Congo” series, the non-profit organisation “Action pour la paix et le development” presents a study on incidents in the artisanal gold supply chain in Misisi. APDE is a socio-legal, apolitical and non-confessional NGO working on mining, human rights which can lead concrete response actions in

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

The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), of which IPIS is a member, has published a new report on the impact of COVID-19 on African communities affected by diamond mining. The diamond sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The devastation is felt across the supply chain, not the least in various African

Voices from Tanzania – case studies on Business and Human Rights (vol. 2). Land rights and environment.

The second volume of “Voices from Tanzania” presents four cases studies that focus on “land rights and environment”.  Download this publication in pdf Pakua muhtasari kwa kiswahili   The studies are conducted by Tanzanian civil society organisations Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team (LEAT) , HakiArdhi (the Land Rights Research and Resources Institute), Tanzania Women Empowerment in

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Dashboard of incidents in Eastern DRC – Kufatilia

The Kufatilia platform (“to track” in Swahili) is an SMS based incident reporting and follow-up mechanism that has been launched in 2019 to increase transparency of minerals supply chains in Eastern DRC. Developed by IPIS in partnership with the Centre for Expertise on Mining Governance (CEGEMI) based in Bukavu, and powered by Ulula, Kufatilia is

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Maps of conflict minerals in Eastern DRC (2020)

IPIS created maps of conflict minerals in eastern DRC, more particularly on Haut Uele, Ituri and North and South Kivu. These maps detail the type of minerals, the qualification of the mines, the mining titles and give an overview of armed presence in and around the mines. d Download the North Kivu map in full

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Transparency and Formalization of Gold Supply Chains in Eastern DR Congo

Advancing incident reporting and community participation in responsible sourcing From January 2018 till December 2019, IPIS and its partner CEGEMI (Catholic University of Bukavu) carried out a capacity enhancement project in the gold mining sector in Eastern Congo, financed by the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM). The project was composed of two complementary parts:

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Mapping artisanal mining sites in the Western Central African Republic (2019)

This report presents an analysis of the artisanal mining sector in western Central African Republic (CAR) and outlines some of the challenges surrounding gold and diamond mining, trade and export. From April to July 2019, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), in partnership with national authorities, carried out a mapping of artisanal mining sites in

Africa and the grey market

Africa and the ‘grey market’

Arms brokering or inter-mediation is a commercial activity within the international arms trade that is difficult to regulate. Arms brokers often operate transnationally, so often escaping or avoiding national trade controls in their home countries and the countries where transactions have taken place. Their transnational operations also create “grey” markets, which sometimes fuel illicit markets.

Defence-related companies in Africa

Africa’s domestic defence industry remains relatively unknown. Therefore, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) and Omega Research Foundation have compiled a database of the main entities comprising this industry, including companies that manufacture, assemble or maintain: arms and ammunition; aeronautical components; vehicles; as well as importing and management companies. This data has been mapped to

Ground-Based Incident Reporting in eastern DRC – Progress Report 3

In January 2018, the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) granted IPIS funds to implement an independent, transparent and participatory platform for incident reporting and community empowerment in responsible sourcing in the eastern DRC gold sector. This platform will have to contribute in improving transparency around follow-up and resolution of incidents in cooperation with relevant

Voix du Congo: “Misisi, why so many incidents in the gold supply chain?”

See our series :  VOIX DU CONGO   In the “Voix du Congo” series, the non-profit organisation “Action pour la paix et le développement” (APDE) presents a study of incidents in the gold supply chain in Misisi, DRC. This study is published in the “Voix du Congo” series, a series of publications by local partners and

Real Care is Rare: An on-the-ground perspective on blood diamonds and the fifth ‘C’

A new report, Real Care is Rare. An On-The-Ground Perspective on Blood Diamonds and the Fifth ‘C’, highlights the existence of modern day blood diamonds due to ongoing ties between diamonds and brutal human rights abuse (amongst other ethics issues) in certain diamond mining locales on the African continent and beyond. The report, issued by

Dissecting the social license to operate: Local community perceptions of industrial mining in northwest Tanzania

Discussions on industrial mining often revolve around the sector’s contribution to domestic revenue generation. The local impact on the rural communities wherein most of these companies operate receives much less attention. To bring the voices of these communities to the centre of the debate, IPIS conducted surveys on community perspectives in 32 villages nearby six

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Artisanal and small-scale mining mapping in the Runde Rural District of Zimbabwe

IPIS and the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) collaborated to map artisanal and small-scale mining in the Runde Rural district of Zimbabwe. Following a training on Mobile Data Collection (MDC) tools organized by IPIS in November 2018, ZELA conducted a pilot study on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in the area. Five groups of enumerators

IPIS’ Annual Report 2018

This 2018 annual report provides an overview of IPIS’ research projects, capacity enhancement and outreach activities throughout last year. IPIS consolidated its work in DRC, Central African Republic and Tanzania and deepened its expertise on mapping, data analysis and research on conflict drivers, natural resources, Business & Human Rights and arms trade. IPIS worked closely

Anti-Diversion Measures. Real-Time Locating Systems

Diversion is largely a self-inflicted problem that stems from negligence by states, militaries, and civilians (Small Arms Survey, 2008). The illicit trade of small arms and light weapons remains a serious problem internationally and in many countries. To prevent the illicit trade States call for responsible arms export control systems to be put in place.

Assessing the impact of due diligence programmes in Eastern DRC: A baseline study

Over the past decade, various legislative and due diligence programmes (DDP) have been developed to improve mining communities’ livelihoods and reduce human rights abuses in conflict affected and high- risk areas, with a special focus on the African Great Lakes region. Despite significant growth and investments in minerals certification and traceability schemes, data on the

Voices from Tanzania – case studies on Business and Human Rights (vol. 1)

“Voices from Tanzania – case studies on Business and Human Rights (Volume 1)” presents five studies on pertinent corporate human rights issues in Tanzania as conducted by Business and Human Rights Tanzania (BHRT), the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG), Governance Links Tanzania, the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) and IPIS’ project

Maps of DRC

Mapping artisanal mining areas and mineral supply chains in eastern DRC (2019)

In a new report and webmap, IPIS presents its updated data on armed conflict and armed interference in eastern DRC’s artisanal mining sector. Building on extensive data, gathered over the last ten years, IPIS assesses the impact of responsible sourcing initiatives in DRC, designed to address armed interference in mineral supply chains. The report illustrates

Kufatilia platform

ASM Incident Tracker

Welcome to Kufatilia, the ASM Incident Tracker developed by IPIS in collaboration with the Expertise Centre on Mining Governance (CEGEMI) based in Bukavu, and powered by Ulula. The ASM Incident Tracker is a tool for Congolese civil society organisations to report and monitor incidents in Eastern DRC in a transparent, independent and participatory way. The reported incidents, in

Report on the first Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania

This report presents a summary of the outcomes of the conference titled “Multi Stakeholder Conference on Business and Human Rights in Tanzania” which was held in Dodoma, Tanzania on the 21st of March 2019, at Royal Village Hotel. The conference was part of the project “Improving, monitoring, research and dialogue on business and human rights in

Ground-based incident reporting in eastern DRC – Progress Report 2

In January 2018, the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) granted IPIS funds to implement an independent, transparent and participatory platform for incident reporting and community empowerment in responsible sourcing in the Eastern DRC gold sector. This platform will contribute to improving transparency around follow-up and resolution of incidents in cooperation with relevant stakeholders. IPIS

Maps of Arms Trade & Security

Infographic – The ATT, arms trade to Saudi-Arabia and violence in Yemen

The ongoing war in Yemen has transformed into a humanitarian catastrophe of unknown magnitude. Civilian casualties, estimated in the millions, continue to rise as do the number facing severe famine. Saudi Arabia and other parties to the Yemeni conflict stand accused of repeatedly violating international humanitarian law. In spite of these allegations, countries continue to

Toolbox for Business and Human Rights

On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Federal Institute for Sustainable Development (FIDO/IFDD) has launched the Toolbox Human Rights. This toolbox bundles the most important human rights conventions and regulations into one comprehensive website. This website aims to help companies, organisations and their stakeholders to easily align their policies/practices in order

Maps of Tanzania

Mapping artisanal and small-scale mining in northwest Tanzania

IPIS has undertaken an unprecedented mobile data collection campaign, mapping 450 artisanal and small-scale mining and processing sites in northwest Tanzania. This serves to improve the evidence based on the sector, and contribute to a balanced understanding of its nature, scope and impact in Tanzania. Download the  Report Visit the  Interactive Webmap Download the  full resolution static map

Capacity Building for a Responsible Minerals Trade

With the support of the Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade, IPIS developed and implemented a methodology aimed at assessing the responsible sourcing potential of gold mining areas in South-Kivu. IPIS conducted field missions in seven gold trading hubs and their surrounding mines in South-Kivu: Shabunda centre (Shabunda territory), Katchungu (Shabunda territory), Mapimo (Shabunda territory),

CAR Roadblock economy

Article – The Political Economy of Roadblocks in the Central African Republic

From September 2016 to September 2017, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) conducted a mapping of roadblocks in the Central African Republic. This data collection campaign also features more than 200 interviews with various actors and was combined with data from other reports on roadblocks to form

Central African Republic – Ouham-Pende Basemap (2019)

Each year the annual migration of transnational transhumance through the prefecture of Ouham-Pende, in northwestern Central African Republic (CAR), uproots a deep-seated mistrust between nomadic and sedentary communities. Escalating militancy and environmental pressures in the region has only amplified these issues in recent years. These maps, created by IPIS, detail the towns, villages, roads, IDP

Maps of CAR

Central African Republic: A Conflict Mapping (2018)

In a new report and webmap on the longstanding crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), IPIS points out that access to resources remains the predominant driver of both armament and conflict in CAR. All armed groups operating in CAR  are engaged in predation on one or more economic sectors. Such predation is not only

Annual Report 2017

In its 2017 annual report, IPIS gives an overview of its research projects and activities. It covers the four research programmes that IPIS focusses on: natural resources, arms trade, conflict mapping and business and human rights.  IPIS explains among others its mapping work of artisanal mining sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo,  its work

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Voix du Congo: “Study on gold panning and the use of mercury in artisanal mining in Ituri”

See our series: VOIX DU CONGO   This publication, by the “Association des Exploitants Miniers Artisanaux pour la Pacification et Reconstruction de l’Ituri” (AEMAPRI), presents a study on gold panning and the use of mercury in Ituri. The Ituri Province is one of the DRC’s resource-rich provinces; notably gold, coltan, cassiterite, diamonds and oil. Gold production

Ground-based incident reporting in Eastern DRC – Progress Report 1

In January 2018, IPIS and its partner CEGEMI (a Bukavu-based research institute) launched a two-year project founded by EPRM to advance incident reporting and community participation in responsible sourcing through cooperative and CSO capacity enhancement in Eastern DR Congo gold sector. “First field visit to identify potential cooperative to be part of project activities.” Copyright:

Voix du Congo: “Fraud and mineral smuggling in the territory of Kalehe (South Kivu)”.

See our series: VOIX DU CONGO   This publication, by the “Centre National d’Appui au Développement et à la Participation Populaire” (CENADEP), presents a study on the channels of mineral fraud and smuggling in Kalehe (South Kivu) and, more specifically, the case of the Numbi/Lumbishi supply chain. In Kalehe territory, Numbi’s supply chain is one of

Voix du Congo: “Taxation and parafiscality in artisanal mining in Tanganyika, DRC”

See our series: VOIX DU CONGO   This publication, by the non-profit organization “Commission Diocésaine Justice et Paix” (CDJP Kalemie-Kirungu), presents a study on the legal and illegal taxation of artisanal mining activities by various actors in the province of Tanganyika, DRC. Artisanal mining is an activity that employs several thousand people in Tanganyika. Despite a

Interactive map of artisanal mining exploitation in eastern DR Congo – 2018 update

Résumé français ci-dessous – French summary below IPIS launches a major update of it’s DRC webmap displaying data on more then 2400 artisanal mining sites in eastern DRC and more then 800 roadblocks. Since December 2016, IPIS teams have visited more then 500 artisanal mines in eastern DRC, gathering data that has been added to

IPIS Briefing March 2020

“Everything that moves will be taxed”: the political economy of roadblocks in North and South Kivu (2017)

IPIS puts roadblocks on the map as key mechanism of conflict funding besides natural resources, revealing its devastating scope in funding armed actors in Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic Mapping over a thousand roadblocks,  IPIS shows the shocking extent of armed predation on trade routes in conflict-ridden Central Africa. Roadblocks, IPIS claims,

Pastoralism corridors in Central African Republic (2017)

While pastoralism can generates wealth and economic interdependence between farmers and cattle herders, it can also causes tension and conflicts. In the current Central African Republic crisis context, transnational livestock migrations, particularly by Chadian and Sudanese herdsmen to CAR, have led to clashes between pastoralists and the local population. IPIS has developed a map showing

Towards a multi-scale approach for an Earth observation based assessment of natural resource exploitation in conflict regions

Environment and natural resources can be key elements in starting and fueling conflicts. IPIS researcher Filip Hilgert contributed to an article in Geocarto International (2017, vol. 32, n° 10) on a multi-scale approach for an Earth observation based assessment of natural resource exploitation in conflict regions. Download the full article Elisabeth Schoepfer, Kristin Spröhnle, Olaf

Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot (2017)

With the support of the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), IPIS set up its Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot in Mambasa (Ituri Province, DRC) between April 2016 and July 2017. This involved developing a low-cost methodology to produce a continuous data flow on a wide range of indicators related to the operational, security

North Kivu 2017

Maps of Mining Sites in North Kivu (2017)

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South Kivu 2017

Maps of mining sites in South Kivu (2017)

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République Centrafricaine: Portait d’un territoire riche en crises (2012 – 2017)

This poster is a compilation of maps and graphics related to the situation in the Central African Republic. A map of natural resources and poaching corridors presents the known wealth of this country, often considered as conflict drivers in the absence of well functioning state authorities. A small map presents the current armed groups area

Natural Resources in Central African Republic (2017)

With an area of 622 984km2, the Central African Republic is the 20th largest country in Africa and one of the poorest in the world.  Its economy is highly dependent of the primary sector. Whereas distribution of income is deeply unequal, the unstable political situation and the violent confrontations between different armed groups all around

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