Author: Hans Merket

IPIS Briefing August 2021 – Cameroon’s diamond sector: small player, big challenges

September 3, 2021

The IPIS briefing offers a selection of articles, news and updates on natural resources, armed conflict, Business & Human Rights and arms trade.  Every month, an editorial and related publications shed a light on a specific topic in IPIS’ areas of research. In focus: Cameroon’s diamond sector: small player, big challenges. In the news: Conflict diamonds may be virtually extinct in 2021, but yo


Belgium’s fight against conflict diamonds: an assessment of the country’s diamond sector controls from a global perspective

May 31, 2021

In its new report, IPIS assesses Belgium’s fight against conflict diamonds. The report focusses on the Belgian city of Antwerp, which has played a central role in the global diamond trade for centuries. Yet as the world’s diamond hub, Antwerp not only attracted the best but also the worst of this diverse industry. In no uncertain terms, a series of UN and NGO reports linking Antwerp to bloody civi


IPIS Briefing November 2020 – The diamond industry

December 3, 2020

The IPIS briefing offers a selection of articles, news and updates on natural resources, armed conflict, Business & Human Rights and arms trade.  Every month, an editorial and related publications shed a light on a specific topic in IPIS’ areas of research. In focus:  The diamond industry – ethics in the time of a pandemic In the news: Ethiopia-Tigray Conflict; WWF Admitted “Sorrow” Over Human


IPIS Briefing November 2019

IPIS Briefing November 2019 – Focus on Kimberley Process after failed reform cycle

December 6, 2019

The IPIS briefing offers a selection of articles, news and updates on natural resources, armed conflict, Business & Human Rights and arms trade.  Every month, an editorial and related publications shed a light on a specific topic in IPIS’ areas of research. In focus: Kimberley Process after failed reform cycle. In the news: United Nations takes step in developing a Treaty on Business and Human


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

August 28, 2019

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 industrial mines in northwest T


Maps of Tanzania

Mapping artisanal and small-scale mining in northwest Tanzania

January 25, 2019

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 (A0)


Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot (2017)

October 17, 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 and human rights context of artisanal gold mining.


Artisanal Gold Monitoring Pilot – Progress reports

June 20, 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. The findings of the research are summarized in three progress reports, which can be found below, and a final monitoring report, which can be found here. Progress report August – September 2016  


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