Aline Providence Nkundibiza
Aline is an experienced mining professional having worked for government, private sector and civil society in both office and field-based roles. Her expertise focus on gender and women’s empowerment in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). While working for the Government of Rwanda, Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA), Aline was involved extensively on minerals supply chain due diligence, managing mineral traceability (physically and data), mine inspections and export certification. Similarly, Aline has been engaged as an expert due diligence consultant by Pact on the International Tin Association’s Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi), and by the Better Sourcing Program. Aline has also worked as a research consultant for the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) to assess and promote mining best practices in Rwanda.
In 2014 Aline founded Rwanda Women In/And Mining Organization (WIAMO), a local NGO dedicated to fighting the effective integration of women in the Rwandan mining sector, and to mitigating the negative effects of mining on women. Through this work, Aline and WIAMO have been engaged with Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) and Carleton University, Canada on a women in ASM research project for the African Great Lakes Region. Aline is also the Gender and Social Inclusion Manager for the Sustainable Development of Mining in Rwanda (SDMR) – a three-year DFID-funded markets systems development program to professionalize the ASM sector. In this role, Aline has spearheaded the sensitization of mining companies and communities to understand the social and economic importance of gender mainstreaming. She has also developed Gender Mainstreaming and Anti-Gender Based Violence policies and is developing related toolkits that will enable stakeholders to easily adopt and implement them.
Aline’s professional goal is to excel within and further refine her areas of expertise through working in a client-oriented fashion, and most importantly, to promote gender equality in mining and contribute to the journey towards a fully formalized and professional extractive industry in Rwanda and the wider region.