In December 2019, IPIS joined the consortium of International Alert, EurAC, OGP and Justice Plus to implement the Madini kwa Amani na Maendeleo (Minerals for Peace and Development) project, which aims to improve security, social cohesion and human rights in the conflict-ridden mineral-rich regions of eastern DRC.
To achieve this objective, the Madini project plans to strengthen regional stability in the Great Lakes region by (a) reducing levels of violent conflict and improving security in the targeted mining areas of South Kivu and Ituri and (b) improving regional security and stability through cleaner chains and more effective governance of mining chains at all levels.
The project builds on IPIS’s global research and technical expertise, including longstanding experience in monitoring incidents at mining sites in eastern DRC. IPIS takes the lead on the high-level research and monitoring studies that form the basis of all advocacy activities within the project.
IPIS’ work began with mapping and data collection on nearly 200 mines in South Kivu and Ituri. In subsequent phases, IPIS will conduct regular site monitoring activities and develop reports based on these missions that will be shared with key decision-makers at provincial and national levels. In addition, IPIS is also playing a role in engaging with national stakeholders, supporting local civil society organisations and sharing project results and recommendations with other key influencers in Europe and the US.
“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