RCS provided consultants for the validation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative of Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Sierra Leone in association with Coffey International and Adam Smith International. Reports are available from the EITI website
Based on original and extensive empirical research in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this reportoffers an analysis of the conflict potential of mining in DRC and assesses the impact and conflict sensitivity of current donor interventions in the sector. This paper was incorporated into an edited volume of case studies and thematic analyses that identifies lessons learned in managing natural resources to facilitate the transition to peace. The volume is developed by the Environmental Law Institute, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), University of Tokyo, and Specialist Group on Armed Conflict and the Environment of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) Commission on Environmental Law.
This paper, written in the context of the World Bank’s Country Economic Memorandum and Diagnostic Trade Integration Study in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), discusses the question of whether the mining sector can become a source of growth in the DRC. In doing so, it contributes to closing an analytical gap in the understanding of constraints, opportunities and potential economic and poverty impact of promoting the mining sector in the DRC. It also offers solid evidence base for those keen to engage with and leverage the DRC’s mining sector for development. The report includes a discussion of the political economy of the prevalent structures in the mining sector. It considers ongoing reindustrialisation processes and the fiscal linkages the mining sector presently generates.
Edited by Koen Vlassenroot and Steven Van Bockstael - the success of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has been built on providing assurances that the trade in diamonds amongst signatory countries is based on diamonds traded legitimately, untainted by conflict and corruption. For this success to be durable there is a need to complement the commitment to policing the trade with concerted action to address the root causes of the problem of ‘conflict’ or ‘blood’ diamonds - the development needs of artisanal miners, diggers and their communities. They often live in abject poverty and are frequently vulnerable to exploitation. Effective development of artisanal diamond mining communities must be based on a thorough understanding of the inherent complexities that characterise the sector. This research coordinated by the Egmont Institute and undertaken in support of the KPCS Working Group on Alluvial/Artisanal Producers (currently chaired by Angola), involved many of the leading thinkers in this field. It makes a significant contribution to our knowledge on the sector, laying the foundations for a concerted work programme. Available at J.Story-Scienta Portal (www.story.be)
This research report explores synergies and scope for collaboration between the Federal Government of Germany's "Certified Trading Chains in Mineral Production" (CTC) project and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (the EITI). The report highlights where these two initiatives - started with the aim to increase transparency in the extractive industries - overlap. It maps out how both initiatives could materialise effectiveness and efficiency increases, if they took advantage of these synergies. The report was written by Nicholas Garrett and commissioned by the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources.
This 2007 preliminary research report written by Nicholas Garrett explores the politico-economic challenges and opportunities for the EITI to contribute to transparent revenue flows in the DRC’s artisanal and small scale mining sector. The report is published on the EITI website.
This presentation was given by Nicholas Garrett during a seminar in Barcelona organised by the Environmental Law Institute, UNEP and the University of Tokyo, The World Conservation Union and the Commission on Environmental Law. It discusses preliminary findings on donor approaches to the natural resources management in the context of DRC.