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DDI forms alliance in support of DRC artisanal miners

Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is partnering with Promines to work toward improving governance in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) mining sector.

In addition to creating a sustainable process of regular registration and re-registration of artisanal miners in the gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten sectors, the program will organize them into associations, offering support in technical areas, entrepreneurship, and pilot development projects to improve the economic and social situation of their communities.

“The present project in the DRC takes formalization beyond basic registration and introduces programs that will sustain the transformation of the artisanal sector from informal to formal,” said Michel Gratton, DDI’s newly appointed program director.

Promines is a project funded by the World Bank and the British Department for International Development (DFID).

“The new project in DRC takes us beyond diamonds because we and our partners feel that our knowledge and success in that field can now be applied to other minerals,” said DDI executive director Dorothée Gizenga.

In 2011 and 2012, DDI registered more than 101,000 diamond artisanal miners in DRC’s Kasai provinces. In 2013, it completed the registration of over 11,300 gold artisanal miners in the Gold Tracking Project, piloted by Partnership Africa Canada (PAC).

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