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Responsible mining scorecard in eastern DRC

Over the years, IPIS has systematically collected mine site and trade hub level data on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in eastern DRC. This data collection has enabled IPIS to generate a sizable database of more than 3,000 ASM sites that draws both on sites visited by IPIS and data from third party sources including the Congolese mining cadastre and the Ministerial qualification teams. This database is the point of departure of the Responsible mining scorecard (RMS). By summarising a wide range of data, the RMS aims to assess mining sites against different indicators of responsible mining, namely security, health and safety, presence of state services, and level of formalisation. To provide further contextualisation on working conditions, as well as to help prioritising areas to set-up responsible sourcing initiatives, we consider production and accessibility to the mining sites as two additional indicators. As of August 2022, IPIS provides a scorecard for 927 mining sites visited by IPIS after May 2018. This report aims primarily to introduce the methodology behind the calculation of the scores for each indicator, present solutions to explore their spatial distribution, and illustrate through a few case studies and examples how the Responsible mining scorecard can be used and interpreted.

Additional Info

Thomas Muller, Lotte Hoex & Ken Matthysen
Publication Year
Publishing Institution Webpage
Data Source Classification
Program Report
Research Type
Research Methodology
Primary - INTERVIEW, Primary - OBSERVATION, Primary - SURVEY
Thematic Tags
Political, Due Diligence, Traceability, and Transparency, Formalization, Social, Child Labor, Health and Safety, Labor and Working Conditions, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Armed Conflict/Criminality
3Ts, Cassiterite, Coltan, Gold, Wolframite
Sub-Saharan Africa
Democratic Republic of Congo
Last Updated
September 8, 2022