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What are the core activities of your organization?

In-depth research and mapping on the exploitation of natural resources, armed group involvement and socio-economic circumstances on ASM sites in Central Africa, more specifically in DRC, CAR, Tanzania and Zambia. IPIS complements research with capacity enhancement.

IPIS furthermore has a business and human rights programme that focuses on the business and human rights issues relevant to commercial actors operating in our focal region.

What does your organization specifically do on responsible sourcing/mining?

Among other projects, IPIS has visited, researched and mapped over 2500 ASM sites in Eastern DRC since 2009. The map provides users with geo-specific data on the presence or absence of non-state armed groups and public security forces at mining sites and trading hubs, as well as information on types of interference at mine sites. The map can help companies in their efforts to assess actual or potential risks in their operations by aiding them to conduct due diligence on supply chains, as well as pointing out unexploited, conflict-free areas that might be eligible for sourcing.

What can the EPRM do to support your work on responsible minerals?

IPIS strongly believes that a responsible production and supply chain of 3TG can only be achieved when downstream, midstream and upstream actors join forces. The EPRM provides an excellent platform for IPIS to interact with midstream and downstream actors to make this connection and learn how our work on the ground can be used and useful to these actors.

How can your organization contribute to realize the ambitions of the EPRM?

IPIS can contribute to the EPRM by sharing information, experience, context and lessons learned on the efforts of responsible mineral trade in certain producing countries in Central Africa with a focus on ASM 3TG.