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

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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 Tanzania, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

IPIS consulted its network of ASM stakeholders in eastern DRC, to collect recent data related to artisanal mining production levels, mineral supply chains, and the security situation in mining areas. Mid-July, IPIS published a Briefing discussing the first findings and observations.

In this report, IPIS assesses the impact of Covid-19 on artisanal mining and trade of Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten and Gold (3TG) in eastern DRC, and analyses the consequences for the local economy and the security situation in mining areas. The report analyses in details, several rounds of consultations with ASM stakeholders at nearly 90 mining sites in eastern DRC, conducted between May and June 2020.


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This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.