Steven Spittaels

Steven Spittaels


Steven Spittaels holds degrees in both international political science and conflict studies (KU Leuven). Steven Spittaels  started at IPIS in 2006 after having worked as a researcher at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health and Psycho-social factors and as a collaborator of the Kauri knowledge centre on Corporate Social Responsibility. At IPIS he launched the […]

Mapping artisanal mining areas and mineral supply chains in eastern DRC

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 […]

Mapping Conflict Motives: the Central African Republic

In this study, IPIS analyses the conflict dynamics in the Central African Republic (CAR) since the outbreak of the latest crisis in September 2012 up to September 2014. The analysis specifically looks into the motivations and interests of the main conflict parties, Seleka and anti-balaka, and the influence and interests of neighbouring countries. The report […]

Cartographie des motivations derrière les conflicts: la République centrafricaine

En 2009, l’International Peace Information Service (IPIS) a publié un rapport et une série de cartes analysant la situation de la République centrafricaine en termes de sécurité, notamment la composition, les actions, les motivations et les intérêts des groupes armés et autres parties au conflit.1 Cinq ans plus tard, après la prise de pouvoir temporaire […]

Analysis of the interactive map of artisanal mining areas in Eastern DRC: May 2014 update

In collaboration with the Congolese mining cadastre (CAMI), mining service SAESSCAM and representatives from local civil society organisations, IPIS organised a series of field visits to monitor artisanal mining activities and the involvement of armed groups and criminal networks in mineral exploitation and trade. This resulted in the publication of an interactive web map providing […]

Mapping Conflict Motives: the Sudan – South Sudan border

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In “Mapping Conflict Motives: the Sudan-South Sudan border”, IPIS analyses the conflict dynamics in the wider border area spanning Sudan and South Sudan. The analysis specifically looks into the motivations and interests of the parties involved in the interstate, intrastate and local conflicts in this area. The report covers the following key questions: Where are […]

Analysis of the interactive map of artisanal mining areas in Eastern DR Congo

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In August 2009 the ‘International Peace Information Service’ (IPIS) published a first map of militarised mining areas in Eastern DR Congo. By 2012, the international interest in the issue had grown but the map was out-dated. To find a structural solution, IPIS sat down with the Congolese mining cadastre (CAMI) and agreed to set up […]

La complexité de la gestion des ressources dans un contexte de fragilité de l’État : une analyse du secteur minier dans l’arrière-pays du Kivu

Le rapport intitulé « Exploitation minière et commerce des minerais dans l’arrière-pays du Kivu » est une commande de la Direction générale du développement (DG Développement) de la Commission européenne. Il vise à combler un manque informationnel en identifiant les principaux sites miniers et en analysant les réseaux d’échanges commerciaux de l’arrière-pays de l’est de […]

The complexity of resource governance in a context of state fragility: An analysis of the mining sector in the Kivu hinterlands

The report ‘Mining activity and mineral trade in the Kivu hinterland’ was commissioned by the Directorate General for Development (DG DEV) of the European Commission and aims to fill an information gap by identifying the principal mining sites and analysing the trade networks of the ‘eastern hinterland’ of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), […]