New Report on Artisanal Diamond Mining in Democratic Republic of Congo
We’re pleased to have partnered with Groupe d’Appui aux Exploitants des Resources Naturelles (GAERN) in Democratic Republic of Congo to launch new research on artisanal diamond mining.
Transitions at PAC
After 20 years as Executive Director of Partnership Africa Canada, Bernard Taylor will be retiring on October 30. We thank Bernard for his years of guidance and leadership, and wish him all the best as he embarks on new adventures.
Today we are excited to announce the appointment of Joanne Lebert as our new Executive Director, who will be taking up the position as of November 1.
Spotlight on 2014 in PAC's Year in Review
Partnership Africa Canada is excited to share with you our newly released 2014 Year in Review.
Cleaning up Gold: What is needed next after Dodd Frank
In September, a global coalition of NGOs amplified their calls for the European Union to implement binding requirements on EU-based companies to publically report on their efforts to ensure conflict minerals from the Great Lakes region of Africa do not enter their supply chains.
Understanding Traceability vs. Certification
A key weakness in a number of recent assessments of progress on certification of conflict minerals in the Great Lakes Region is confusion regarding the concepts of certification and traceability. Certification, in its most broad sense, is about creating the conditions for long-term reform of the governance of mineral sectors. Traceability, while critical, is one small part of this bigger picture. Traceability refers to the use of documented and recorded identification to follow commodities or goods as they move through the supply chain. Ongoing confusion regarding these two concepts has not been helpful, and has more often than not muddied analysis of the progress and impact of efforts in the region.
Transparency Key to Making Mineral Certification Work
A recently published Open Letter from Congolese and international academic and civil society leaders rightly focussed attention on the difficulties facing artisanal mining communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. These communities struggle with the presence of armed groups and public security forces, the governance demands of international actors, and the harsh realities of trying to market the minerals they scratch out from the earth.