Milestone for Due Diligence in Artisanal Gold Exports from DRC

Jun 30, 2016

For the past several months, PPA member Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) has been working to establish a conflict-free artisanal gold supply from DRC for international export. PAC has been working with the Bunia-based gold exporter Muungano na Maendeleo (MnM) to build a traceable supply chain that adheres to OECD Due Diligence Guidance and the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism. In the course of ongoing due diligence assessments, MnM learned that one of its members may have be involved in illicit activities, and the exporter took the decision to suspend ties with this member. This decision was applauded by the OECD and PAC as an important breakthrough, with MnM as the first exporter in the country to commit to implementing the recommendations of the OECD.

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Workshop to Support Traceability and Certification Implementation

Jun 30, 2016

PAC also convened a workshop in March to support policymakers, mining officials, exporters, and civil society to improve local implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism in the Ituri Province of DRC.

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PPA Releases Independent Assessment of Responsible Sourcing Programs

Aug 18, 2015

On August 18, the PPA released a report by Estelle Levin Ltd. detailing the findings from an independent assessment of three responsible sourcing initiatives – a Solutions for Hope tantalum pilot, a KEMET tantalum pilot, and the Conflict Free Tin Initiative pilot in October 2012.

Among its many findings, the assessment concluded that these programs:

  • Demonstrated and communicated “proof of concept” for viability and value of sourcing tin and tantalum from the DRC
  • Provided a platform for global-local engagement
  • Demonstrated a business case for responsible sourcing of tin and tantalum
  • Highlighted misunderstandings and mismatched expectations
  • Demonstrated the importance of identification and transparent collection of baseline data
  • Offered examples of community partnership and beneficiation
  • Highlighted broader challenges relating to ASM and governance

These findings are discussed in more detail in the report, as well as a statement from the PPA Governance Committee on key takeaways and highlights from the assessment. These materials are now posted on the PPA website.

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PPA Announces New Grant

Jul 31, 2015

Upon recommendation by the Governance Committee and with approval from PPA Funders, RESOLVE has signed a grant agreement with Congolese NGO Save Act Mine. Effective July 31, 2015, the PPA will support four months of Save Act Mine’s operation of a telephone hotline to receive reports of suspected illicit trafficking of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in North and South Kivu. Save Act Mine will conduct investigations to verify claims and will inform appropriate authorities. In addition, Save Act Mine will produce a graphic manual (akin to a comic book) on due diligence risks. The manual will be distributed to artisanal miners, traders, exporters, and other upstream actors.

Reports and other updates on this grant will be posted to the Save Act Mine project page.

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PPA 2015 Member Meeting Summary Posted

Jul 31, 2015

Members gathered in Washington, DC, on June 9th for the 4th Annual PPA Member Meeting. The day featured discussions about current events in the Great Lakes Region, updates and outcomes from PPA Alignment activities and funded projects, opportunities to continue supporting responsible minerals sourcing and development, and priorities and resource needs for 2016. The summary and materials from the meeting have been posted on the PPA website.

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ICGLR Seeking Applications for IMCA position

Jul 10, 2015

On behalf of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), please see the Request for Applications (RfA) for the position of the Independent Mineral Chain Auditor (IMCA) of the ICGLR. Also posted are the terms of reference for the position. Applications are due no later than 17:00 Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) on Friday, August 7, 2015.

The RfA and ToR are available on the ICGLR website and on the PPA website. The French version will be posted on these two websites by 17:00 Central Africa Time (GMT+2) on Wednesday, July 15.

Au nom de la Conférence Internationale sur la Région des Grands Lacs (CIRGL), veuillez voir l’appel á candidature pour le poste du moniteur de la chaîne des minéraux de la CIRGL. Le mandat du poste est également joint à cette note. Les demandes doivent être présentées au plus tard le 7 août, 2015 à 17h00, heure avancée de l’Est (UTC-4).

L’appel à candidature et le mandat sont disponibles sur le site Web de la CIRGL et sur le site PPA. La version française sera publiée sur ces deux sites Web au plus tard le 15 juillet, 17h00, heure d’Afrique centrale (UTC+2).

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PPA Seeks Proposals to support conflict-free supply chains in the Great Lakes Region

Jun 26, 2015

The Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) is requesting proposals that support efforts to develop and/or deploy International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)- and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-compliant, validated, certified, and traceable mines and supply chain routes, for gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten in the GLR. More specifically, the PPA is seeking proposals for projects will provide technical support and capacity building in three priority thematic areas: 1) strengthening operations of conflict-free tin, tantalum, and tungsten mines in the region; 2) establishing conflict-free supply chains for artisanal gold; and/or 3) strengthening regional coordination and governance.

Proposal requirements are attached (and available on the PPA website). Respondents should submit their proposals by 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) on Friday, August 7, 2015.

Respondents may submit queries in English or French regarding the proposal process. Any queries should be directed to RESOLVE – Taylor Kennedy, The PPA will collect queries until 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) on Friday, July 17.

L’Alliance Public-Privé (PPA) sollicite des propositions qui appuient les efforts pour développer et/ou déployer des mines et des routes de chaîne d’approvisionnement de l’or, l’étain, le tantale et le tungstène qui sont validées, certifiées et compatibles avec les normes de la Conférence internationale de la région des Grands Lacs (CIRGL) et l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE). Plus précisément, la PPA sollicite des propositions pour des projets qui fourniront un appui technique et le renforcement des capacités dans trois domaines thématiques prioritaires, à savoir: 1) le renforcement des opérations des mines d’étain, de tantale, et de tungstène sans conflit dans la région; 2) l’établissement de chaînes d’approvisionnement sans conflit de l’or artisanal; et/ou 3) renforcer la coordination et la gouvernance régionale.

Exigences de propositions sont attachés (et disponible sur le site PPA). Les requérants doivent soumettre leurs propositions avant 18h00 (GMT-4) le vendredi, 7 août.

Les requérants peuvent soumettre des requêtes en anglais ou en français sur le processus de proposition. Toute question doit être adressée à RESOLVE – Taylor Kennedy, La PPA acceptera des questions jusqu’à 17h00 (GMT-4) le vendredi, 17 juillet.

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PPA May 7, 2015 Alignment Meeting Summary and Documents Now Available

Jun 26, 2015

On 7 May, 2015, the PPA Governance Committee convened the seventh Alignment Session to share information, answer questions, and document progress and challenges on alignment, in particular the following issues:

  • Implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM), including reports from Member States (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda), ICGLR, and system operators;
  • Understanding needs and opportunities for getting conflict-free, artisanal gold from the GLR to market; and
  • Discussion of opportunities to collaborate and strengthen the implementation, alignment, and credibility of the RCM.

The summary for the meeting is available in English and French.

Materials shared at or following the meeting are available (or will be posted when available) below:

ICGLR will share

DRC Government will share:

  • Joseph Ikoli’s alignment meeting remarks
  • Document on number of ICGLR certificates issued, by mineral

PROMINES will share:

  • AGC study for PROMINES on potential ASM mine sites for mercury mitigation pilots

iTSCi handout

BGR will share:

Tetra Tech will share

  • IMCA needs assessment (EN) (FR)
  • IMCA implementation table created at April workshop with next steps to be incorporated into implementation plan (once approved by ICGLR) (and the implementation plan once approved)
  • Gold assessment
  • Compiled definitions of ‘mine site’ from various laws and standards in region
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PPA Welcomes New Members

Jun 10, 2015

We are very pleased to announce five new members of the PPA! A big welcome to Free the Slaves, Google, Heartland Alliance, Save Act Mine, and Solidaridad!

The expanded list of current members, along with information for prospective members, is available on the PPA website.

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RfP – Independent Assessment of Social and Economic Impacts of Closed Pipe Supply Chain Programs

Aug 22, 2014

The PPA is requesting proposals from organizations or individuals qualified to conduct 2-4 week independent assessment of the social and economic impacts and performance of the Solutions for Hope (SfH), Conflict Free Tin Initiative (CFTI), and KEMET’s Partnership for Social and Economic Sustainability closed-pipe sourcing efforts in the DRC. The complete request for proposals is available here.

To support responsible sourcing and economic development in the DRC, industry partners launched SfH in July 2011, a KEMET pilot in October 2011, and the CFTI in October 2012. Anecdotally, the initiatives have improved local employment, tantalum and tin prices for tagged material and therefore income, cash flow, income opportunities for women, working conditions, and security. There have also been reported challenges, including management of cooperative funds, ownership of the process, and fluctuation in local tax regimes.

As these are important examples of the value in downstream engagement in sourcing from DRC and GLR, and as the projects have been in place for one or more years, PPA members are seeking an independent assessment of the projects against their stated goals, as well as more generally. This assessment would highlight benefits, challenges, and other lessons from CFTI, KEMET, and SfH and their application to broader sourcing and due diligence considerations for civil society, government, and companies engaged in the 3TG supply chain. In particular, the assessment would address:

  • The degree to which each program has achieved its stated goals/impacts
  • Traceability and due diligence performance to date, and how these systems comply with Dodd-Frank, OECD, ICGLR framework and DRC laws
  • The risk assessment models in place and their historical efficacy in identifying and addressing “red flags”
  • The business model for direct sourcing projects and bringing conflict-free EDRC minerals into formal, global supply chains, including competitiveness in the global market, and the ability to scale pilots
  • Local social and environmental benefits of CFTI, SfH, and KEMET including livelihoods, environmental impacts, and benefits for women
  • Changes in the security situation, such as behavior of police and militias, as a result of project implementation
  • An assessment of any gaps in the above that should be addressed; shared lessons; opportunities to apply lessons across projects; and opportunities to enhance positive impacts associated with these projects
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