|Country||Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)|
|Target Areas||Maniema, South Kivu and Orientale provinces|
|Funder||PROMINES – World Bank, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, SAESSCAM|
- Following on the registration process in the DR Congo in 2015, miner associations were formed in three provinces, involving 225 members: an association of traders in Orientale, an association of women diggers in South-Kivu, and a mixed association (men and women) in Maniema.
- New associations are being created, based on an outreach program that uses radio and site visits to sensitize and motivate miners to form associations or to join existing ones
- Members are trained on mining methods and labour conditions, conflict resolution, cooperative governance, leadership, entrepreneurship and economics.
- Emphasis is placed on setting up administrative and legal structures for each cooperative, as well as developing and implementing a business plan
- Development standards are introduced, in order to identify and engage mining sites that are eligible for the Maendeleo Diamond Standards program or the Alliance for Responsible Gold Mining system, a comparable certification system for artisanally-mined gold.
- Associations will complete the legalization process and adopt bylaws and business plan and benefit-sharing schemes
- New association will be supported or established based on DDI’s model
- Existing associations will increase their membership
- Miners and their associations will be empowered to become more self-sustainable through training and governance support
- Adult literacy programs will be delivered to women’s cooperatives
- Development standards will be presented and eligible sites will be identified
- Mining licenses will be issued by SAESSCAM – DRC government’s artisanal mining department
- Up to 25,000 new miners will be registered and grouped into associations through partnership with SAESSCAM