Research Program: Natural Resources

Letseng Mine

The impact of diamond mining on local communities in Africa. Field research results of KP CSC members.

November 19, 2020

KP Civil Society member organisations between May and August 2020 carried out research projects in their home countries on one of three areas of focus, namely benefits of diamond mining to local communities (CECIDE/AMINES, GAERN, NMJD, CNRG, Green Advocates, CENADEP), violence caused by diamond mining (ZELA, RELUFA) and land rights (MCDF). All participants in these national research projects faced

Delve country profile Tanzania

The mining sector in Tanzania, Delve Country Profile

November 19, 2020

In partnership with Delve, IPIS produced a profile of the ASM sector in Tanzania. The Country Profile compiles information on the mining governance framework, provides data on key ASM minerals and analyses the contribution of artisanal mining to the SDGs.

Supporting mining cooperatives in Beni

November 9, 2020

The population of Beni Territory has been victim of deadly violence since 2014, following the presence of national and foreign armed groups such as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebellion and Mai Mai groups. The stabilisation project ‘Ensemble pour Beni’ aims to address insecurity and promote stability in the territory through a variety of initiatives, including a pillar focusing on ‘relaunch

DRC Country Profile

The mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Delve Country Profile

November 5, 2020

In partnership with Delve, IPIS produced a profile of the ASM sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Country Profile compiles information on the mining governance framework, provides data on key ASM minerals and analyses the contribution of artisanal mining to the SDGs.

GeONG Forum Kufatilia

Transparent, independent and participatory: How can a platform support a network of CSO in Congo?

November 3, 2020

On the occasion of the 2020 GeONG Forum, IPIS presented its project Kufatilia. In a video, IPIS explained how this phone-based participatory platform helps Congolese CSOs reporting and monitoring incidents in the mineral supply chains.

L’exploitation minière artisanale à Beni-Mbau

L’exploitation minière artisanale à Beni-Mbau : Etat des lieux et cartographie des sites miniers

October 30, 2020

In the framework of the stabilisation project “Ensemble pour Beni”, IOM, IPIS, ASSODIP and ASADHO carried out a baseline assessment of the artisanal mining sector in the Beni territory. This report provides an overview of the sector and analyses opportunities to promote responsible mineral supply chains.


The impact of Covid-19 on artisanal mines in western CAR

October 16, 2020

To assess the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the artisanal and small-scale sector in the Central African Republic, IPIS conducted a series of phone interviews targeting key informants to collect information on minerals production, prices and illegal taxation on gold and diamond artisanal mining sites in western CAR.

Impact of Covid-19

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

October 14, 2020

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 the DRC.

Open Data Dashboard

IPIS Open Data dashboard on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in eastern DRC

October 8, 2020

The IPIS Open Data dashboard on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) enables users to query and subset IPIS Open Data using various combinations of filters. The dashboard was designed to complement the IPIS Webmap of DRC.

Story map DRC

Story Map of ASM Sites in the DRC

October 6, 2020

Explore IPIS’ eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) webmap with a guided narrative. In its new story map, IPIS presents data gathered on eastern DRC’s artisanal mining sector and highlights key information from its reports investigating the interactions between natural resources and conflict dynamics in the region.

Matokeo IPIS

Matokeo – Impact Monitoring for the ASM Sector

October 5, 2020

Matokeo (impact in Swahili) is a mobile-based technology solution to help monitor social, environmental and human rights hotspots in Eastern Congo and create more cost-effective and miner-centric monitoring systems. Dates: 2020 – Location(s): DRC Research Programme(s): Natural Resources Funder(s): Conservation X Labs’ ASM Grand Challenge Partner(s): Ulula Activities: Phone-Based Data Collection De


IPIS’ project Matokeo among the winners of the ASM Grand Challenge

October 2, 2020

On October 1st, IPIS and its partner Ulula were awarded a $118,000 price for their project “Matokeo” during the ASM Grand Challenge Award Ceremony.

ICGLR Database

IPIS’ successful handover of the Regional Mineral Database to ICGLR

September 29, 2020

IPIS finalised the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Database on Mineral Flow and successfully handed it over to the organisation. Once operational, this web-based database will be gathering and updating data on mine sites, chain of custody, and exporters.

IPIS on BNNR’s Training Day: “Natural Resources: Stakes, Consequences, Alternatives”

September 18, 2020

On Saturday, October 3rd 2020, the Belgian Natural Resources Network (BNNR) will welcome you for a day of training on the stakes of natural resources, the consequences of their exploitation and the alternatives to be built.

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Kufatilia leaflet

September 17, 2020

IPIS supports an independent, transparent and participatory platform for incident reporting and community empowerment in responsible sourcing in the eastern DRC artisanal mining sector. Discover what Kufatilia is all about.

Impact of Covid-19

Impact of COVID-19 on ASM Communities

September 3, 2020

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, IPIS closely monitors the impact of the pandemic on 3T+G mines and national supply chains in Tanzania, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the DR Congo. Through structured quantitative and qualitative data collection, IPIS measures the impact on a large amount of mining sites.IPIS is working through its long-established network of local surveyors who

Responsible gold Beni

Responsible Gold in Beni

September 3, 2020

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) engaged IPIS to prepare the ground to support the development of a responsible artisanal gold mining sector in Beni-Mbau, in line with international due diligence requirements. The research is part of a larger stabilization programme “Ensemble pour Beni”, implemented by a consortium that is led by IOM. Gold mining and trade has seriously decreased


Kufatilia – Incident Reporting and Monitoring

September 2, 2020

Kufatilia is a component of the project Monitoring gold in DR Congo: ground-based incident reporting in eastern DR Congo that took place between 2018 and 2019 with the support of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM). IPIS implemented a project to facilitate reporting and monitoring of incidents linked to the production, transport and selling of minerals in South-Kivu, North-Kiv


Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition

September 2, 2020

IPIS is a member of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KP CSC). This is a grouping of civil society organisations from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Belgium. It has observer status to the Kimberley Process, which is an intergovernmental forum with a mandate to stop the flow of conflict


Responsible Sourcing and Trade in Diamonds and Other Minerals

September 1, 2020

The European Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) engaged IPIS in a multi-year programme addressing the contribution of globalised mineral supply chains to the development and prolongation of violent conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. Awareness of so-called “conflict minerals” since the early 2000s has seen responses from intergovernmental initiatives, such as the Kimberley Process C

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