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Mineral Certification Schemes in the Great Lakes Region

Mineral Certification Schemes in the Great Lakes Region

​The report provides a comparative analysis of three efforts to improve chain of custody assurance in the African Great Lakes Region against the proposed Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) for the RINR, proposed by Partnership Africa Canada, commissioned by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

ASM-PACE Liberia Report

ASM-PACE Liberia Report

​This report details a case study of historical and contemporary artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in and around Sapo National Park (SNP), assesses the ecological, social, and economic impacts of ASM, the key motivations of diggers/miners, the responses of affected stakeholders, including the sustainability of the 2010 SNP eviction and makes recommendations for future action.

ASM-PACE Gabon Report

ASM-PACE Gabon Report

​Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in Gabon is a long practiced but frequently informal activity that can play a significant role in local development.

Natural Resources and Trade Flows in the GLR - Annexes

Natural Resources and Trade Flows in the GLR - Annexes

​This set of Annexes as part of the Natural Resources and Trade Flows in the Great Lakes Region report. Annex VI presents a rationale and methodology for exploring Artisanal & Small-scale Mining (ASM) in Democratic Republic of the Congo from a sustainable livelihoods perspective.

Natural Resources and Trade Flows in the Great Lakes Region (GLR) - Report

Natural Resources and Trade Flows in the Great Lakes Region (GLR) - Report

​This report highlights the major findings of INICA’s six month survey on natural resource exploitation and trade in the Great Lakes region.

Conformance and Compatibility Analysis: CFS, iTSCi, and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance

Conformance and Compatibility Analysis: CFS, iTSCi, and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance

​This report presents the findings of three different analyses: 1) A conformance analysis of ITRI’s Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) against the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD DDG)

Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD): Feasibility of Direct Marketing of Artisanal Diamonds from Liberia and the Central African Republic to the United States of America

Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD): Feasibility of Direct Marketing of Artisanal Diamonds from Liberia and the Central African Republic to the United States of America

The purpose of this research was to ascertain the feasibility and desirability of establishing more direct trading relations between artisanal miners in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Liberia and international buyers.

Benchmark of Social and Environmental Standards for Industrial Gold Mining

Benchmark of Social and Environmental Standards for Industrial Gold Mining

The purpose of the benchmark report was to identify an existing standard that could serve as the most effective tool for managing a wide range of environmental and social impacts at industrial precious metals mines.

Consultative Workshop on Land Reclamation and Alternative Land Use: Sierra Leone

Consultative Workshop on Land Reclamation and Alternative Land Use: Sierra Leone

​Tongo Fields is the second largest diamond-producing area in Sierra Leone. Endowed with both alluvial and kimberlite deposits, Tongo Fields became a major hub of artisanal diamond mining during and after the period of conflict from about 1999 to 2002.

Regulating Reality: Reconfiguring Approaches to the Regulation of Trading Artisanally Mined Diamonds

Regulating Reality: Reconfiguring Approaches to the Regulation of Trading Artisanally Mined Diamonds

​This study examines internal and external trade mechanisms in artisanally mined diamonds in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone, with the aim to determine optimal practices for regulating the trading chains and harnessing them for developmental ends.

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