Jun 22, 2017
PPA member International Organization for Migration (IOM), through the USAID-funded Responsible Minerals Trade Program, has made a grant to RESOLVE to support the PPA Secretariat in 2017. These resources fund RESOLVE’s work to lead strategic planning including Phase 2 scoping, engage and support the Governance Committee, oversee grantees and manage grants, plan and facilitate member meetings and work group calls, and convene regional stakeholders to address challenges in due diligence system alignment. IOM’s support to RESOLVE enables private sector contributions to directly support grants to in-region organizations engaging directly on the ground.
Jun 22, 2017
Looking ahead to Phase 2, please save the date for the 6th annual PPA Member Meeting on Wednesday, October 18. As with last year, the meeting is planned to coincide with the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CSFI) meeting in Santa Clara, California, to maximize attendance and minimize travel burdens. More details are forthcoming.
For those that missed it, the November 2016 PPA Member Meeting summary can be found here.
Jun 22, 2017
Since 2011, PPA has established itself as a unique and important platform for bolstering progress on responsible sourcing from the GLR of Africa. RESOLVE has developed a document detailing the PPA’s impacts, which can be found here. Successful areas of work include direct funding of five in-region projects to promote tools and action on responsible sourcing and minerals development; complementing government efforts to promote a responsible minerals trade; and facilitating tough and timely discussions among key regional and international leaders and stakeholders in government, business, and civil society to align tools and systems.
Jun 22, 2017
In its first 5 years, the PPA has made important strides in supporting supply chain solutions to conflict minerals challenges in the Great Lakes Region (GLR) of Africa. While the PPA memorandum of understanding (MOU) expires in August of this year, members from all sectors have expressed interest in renewing the partnership for a Phase 2. Revisions and updates to the current MOU are in progress with the US State Department and USAID and will be shared with all PPA members. RESOLVE is also coordinating outreach to members and potential Phase 2 partners to drive the planning process for this second phase. Key draft Phase 2 outcomes are to address the upstream barriers to due diligence, further increase alignment between regional and international actors and systems, and improve access to high-quality, independent information to bolster due diligence, incident reporting and follow-up, and reporting.
Members will soon receive a more detailed email with the Phase 2 transition and action items, and a full PPA webinar is planned for 22 June to review Phase 2 steps and to seek input on Phase 2 goals and outcomes. A summary of basic information on Phase 2 plans, including draft ideas on Phase 2 goals and outcomes, can be found here. Members are also welcome to contact Jen Peyser (jpey...@resolv.org) or Taylor Kennedy (tken...@resolv.org) with any questions or suggestions.
Jun 16, 2017
Effective May 1, PPA has awarded a new grant to the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in the Great Lakes Region (COSOC-GL), which will be used to build awareness of the importance of demilitarization of mine sites. COSOC’s work will include direct workshops and a radio campaign targeting members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), civil society, and citizens in critical sectors of South Kivu – one of DRC’s most conflicted-affected provinces. COSOC’s outline of expected project impacts and outcomes will soon be posted to the website.
Jun 16, 2017
On Monday, May 1, the PPA Governance Committee convened its 9th “alignment meeting.” The PPA convenes these meetings regularly among ICGLR member states, due diligence system operators, supply chain actors, and civil society. These meetings have become a go-to forum for highlighting and identifying a path forward for technical and policy coordination gaps, as well as a mechanism for information sharing and follow-up on cross-sector commitments. A meeting summary is being finalized and will be posted to RESOLVE’s website shortly; information from prior meetings is also available.
Jun 16, 2017
In 2015, USAID’s Center for Transformational Partnerships awarded the Excellence in Collective Action award to the PPA. The accompanying award (pictured) was officially presented early this year.
The award nomination materials highlighted PPA’s support of on-the-ground projects and described the PPA as “a multi-stakeholder group committed to using market forces to reform the sector and promote sustainable, conflict-free mineral supply chains that will promote good governance and development in the region.” The nomination also recognized the PPA as “a forum through which members and other stakeholders can discuss shared challenges, brainstorm solutions and share the risk of taking on challenges that have always been viewed as too difficult for one organization to address on its own.”
Oct 6, 2016
Today the PPA posted a call for proposals to: 1) build capacity for improved health, safety, and economic empowerment in artisanal mining communities; 2) strengthen upstream independent monitoring via civil society and upstream engagement; and/or 3) measure impacts of due diligence. The full RfP is posted on the PPA website. Responses are due on Wednesday, November 2.
Jun 30, 2016
Consultation with members revealed a strong interest in convening the PPA’s annual meeting alongside other major events, to maximize attendance and minimize travel burdens. This year’s meeting will be held alongside the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) meeting in Santa Clara, California, in November. PPA Members will meet from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, prior to the CFSI member meeting that afternoon. PPA members will also be welcome at the CFSI conference on November 10, which will feature joint programming with the PPA. Please note that Tuesday, November 8, is U.S. Election Day. For information on registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot in your home state, please see https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/registration-ballots.
Jun 30, 2016
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power recognized the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) in her remarks before the UN in late March. Ambassador Power underscored the United States’ commitment to promoting stability and institution building in the region, including US engagement in aid and institution-building programs, and further cited the US Government’s “strong support for the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Trade in Minerals, which we hope will enable supply chain solutions that encourage the legitimate trade of natural resources.”
In her statement – which stressed the importance of rule of law, government accountability, and respect for human rights in creating the environment required for peace and economic development – Ambassador Power expressed concerns about recent trends in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi to delay scheduled elections and to suppress protest and critical commentary by civil society, opposition groups, and the media. Ambassador Power exhorted those nations’ leaders to prioritize their countries’ stability and preserve the progress observed in the last decade by changing this course of action and instead promoting democratic processes.