Launched in December 2018, the USAID Zahabu Safi project is a five-year, $11.9 million program that builds on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewellery buyers in North America and Europe. Its overall goal is to establish a viable, conflict-free, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern DRC.
The project’s three primary objectives are:
1- To increase demand for and co-investment in conflict-free, traceable, responsible ASM gold from eastern DRC;
2- To increase exports of conflict-free, traceable, responsible ASM gold from eastern DRC; and
3- To improve the commercial viability of ASM gold cooperatives.
Zahabu Safi is being implemented by Global Communities in partnership with Levin Sources and in collaboration with Better Chain and RCS Global Upstream Ltd. At Levin Sources, we are focused more specifically on mid- and downstream actors and working on trade facilitation.