PAC's Work

Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is a registered non-profit organization that undertakes investigative research, advocacy and policy dialogue on issues relating to conflict, natural resource governance and human rights in Africa.

PAC is internationally recognized for its efforts to halt the trade in conflict diamonds. In 2003 PAC and Global Witness were jointly nominated by U.S. House of Representatives and Senate members for the Nobel Peace Prize for their work exposing links between conflict and diamonds in several African countries. PAC released its award-winning study, The Heart of the Matter: Sierra Leone, Diamonds and Human Security, in 2000, and subsequently joined governments, the diamond industry and civil society campaigners in negotiations that led to the creation of the landmark Kimberley Process Certification Scheme —a UN mandated system initiated to break the link between the trade in rough diamonds and armed conflict

PAC works on a number of other global initiatives aimed at regulating the trade of high value and conflict prone resources. PAC is currently helping the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in its efforts to create a tracking and certification scheme for four conflict prone minerals found in everyday tech gadgets like computers and cellphones. PAC is also active in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), hosting the Publish What You Pay-Canada coalition, both of which are aimed at promoting accountability and revenue transparency in the natural resource sector.

As part of a network of civil society organizations in Africa, Europe and North America, PAC works in collaboration with national NGO networks in West, Central and Southern Africa to improve the management of and greater community benefit from the mining and natural resource extraction sectors.