In December 2019, IPIS joined the consortium composed of International Alert, EurAC, OGP and Justice Plus to implement the project Madini kwa Amani na Maendeleo (Minerals for Peace and Development), which aims at improving security, social cohesion and human rights in conflict mineral rich regions of eastern DRC.
To achieve this goal, 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 security and regional stability through cleaner chains and more effective governance of mineral chains at all levels.
The project draws on the global technical and research expertise of IPIS, including the long standing track record in incident monitoring at mining sites in eastern DRC. IPIS takes the lead on the high-level research and monitoring studies that form the bedrock of all the advocacy activities within the project.
IPIS work started with the mapping and the data collection of nearly 200 mines in South Kivu and Ituri. During the following phases IPIS will carry out regular site monitoring activities and develop reports based on these missions which will be shared with key decision-making actors at provincial and national levels. Furthermore, IPIS also plays a role in engaging with national stakeholders, supporting local civil society organisations and sharing findings and recommendations of the project with other key influencers across Europe and the US.