DR Congo

Jun 16, 2021
Global Communities envisions a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity. As the lead implementing agency for the USAID Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), we are working closely with artisanal gold supply chain actors, international and local civil society organizations, and the Government of DRC to address the worst forms of child labor in artisanal gold mining operations in many parts of eastern DRC. Guided by international human and labor rights frameworks and policies, as well as the Constitution and the Mining and Labor codes of the DRC where child labor is explicitly prohibited, we are actively working to combat the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) in DRC in the following ways: ... Read more
Apr 19, 2021
On April 14, 2021, the USAID Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project co-hosted a virtual event with the Black in Jewelry Coalition to facilitate conversations between Black women working across the jewelry supply chain: mine to market. Titled “Sister to Sister”, the event connected women working on the front lines in the mining industry in DRC, with jewelry buyers and designers in West Africa, Europe, and the US to share information with each other about their respective business/livelihood opportunities and challenges. The event was moderated by BIJC members, Lotanna Amina Egwatu, Creative Director and Principal at Mina Stones and Patricia Mweene, Founder and Creative Director, INONGE ZITA Jewellery/ Gemstone Value Chain Specialist.  Fellow panelists included... Read more
Mar 26, 2021
2020 left the jewelry sector shaken. The economic impacts of COVID-19 left many jewelers struggling to rebuild sales. As consumer demand for jewelry fell, the cost of gold peaked. At the same time, the moral and ethical issues raised by Black Lives Matter also trickled down to the sector. Several jewelers made the link between tackling systemic injustices and using supply chains which include artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold to support livelihoods of Black miners in regions such as eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); and interest in ASM gold increased. Yet even though there is a desire to buy ASM gold, USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project heard first-hand how jewellers are constrained by commercial, practical, logistical and compliance barriers—often beyond... Read more
Mar 26, 2021
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” (Clean Gold), is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project aims to establish a responsible, commercially viable and conflict-free ASM gold supply chain from eastern DRC. A key objective for achieving the project’s vision is to increase demand for and co-investment in responsibly sourced ASM gold from eastern DRC. The European and North American jewelry markets were identified as key potential buyers of gold from the region. In 2019 and 2020, Levin Sources conducted a gold market... Read more
Dec 17, 2020
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold (CVCFG) Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” is a five-year project, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project is designed to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly sourced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe. This learning brief is designed to deepen understanding of the logistical barriers and incentives when transporting, storing, and preparing to export gold from eastern DRC.  We have focused this report on the aspects of logistics most relevant to the aims of the CVCFG project, to ensure better decision-making as we move closer to supporting responsible gold exports. The brief provides a snapshot of the... Read more
Dec 09, 2020
This Human Rights Day, Global Communities is actively working to help protect vulnerable populations around the world, particularly in Syria, where after six long years, individuals are still displaced by the millions. The resulting refugee crisis is the largest in history, and Global Communities is responding to the needs of refugees and the displaced across the region – not only in Syria, but in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon as well. We provide... Read more
Oct 28, 2020
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project is designed to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe. Zahabu Safi participated in and co-financed a data collection exercise on the impact of COVID-19 on ASM communities in eastern DRC as part of worldwide initiative lead by Delve. Delve is a global online data platform on ASM, funded... Read more
May 04, 2020
Many communities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rely on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) as a primary livelihood. ASM is a significant driver of DRC’s economy. Approximately 15 percent of the national population directly or indirectly depends on income from ASM [International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Report on Development of Regional Guide on the Formalization of ASM Sector in ICGLR Member States (unpublished), March 2017]. ASM tends to be an informal and risky business. If not managed properly, ASM can have negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of miners, and the community at large. Given its informal nature, ASM has also been used to fuel conflict in eastern DRC, particularly gold. But done right, ASM can also bring direct benefits to... Read more
Feb 25, 2019
Democratic Republic of Congo Global Communities is currently implementing an artisanal mining initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program is being implemented in partnership with Levin Sources, a UK-based consultancy and social venture group that has been at the forefront of responsible mining and sourcing for more than nine years; we will also collaborate closely with Chambers Federation, an impact investment firm that brings unique expertise in issues surrounding the export of responsibly sourced minerals from the DRC. The goal of the project, known as USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project – is to establish a conflict-free artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern Democratic... Read more
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