The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the world’s richest countries in terms of natural resources. These include minerals (cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal) as well as petrol and timber. It is believed that 80% of the world’s coltan is in DRC, and the overall underground reserves of its minerals have been estimated at 24 trillion of dollars.
PWYP-DRC was launched in 2006 and is made up of 30 organisations. The coalition has focussed a lot of its energy towards supporting the implementation of EITI in the country – working towards the improvement of EITI reports and their dissemination. Capacity building has also been an important work area, as the coalition organises workshops not only on EITI, but also on mining and forestry taxation and budget monitoring. Activists in DRC have faced a tough campaigning environment, with several of them being subjected to harassment and threats for their work on natural resources.
4 December 2012 – Jean-Claude Katende publishes this paper – The new challenge for EITI: becoming a tool for improving the living conditions of poor populations examining the challenges EITI faces, particularly in DRC.
26 November 2012 – PWYP Member, ASADHO, called on the government to organise public debates on the DRC’s mining contract with Chinese investors. ( Link (in french)
August 2012 – PWYP International wrote a spotlight outlining the evolution and work of PWYP-DRC to date.
24-27 May 2011 – PWYP-DRC host the PWYP Africa Regional Conference, gathering 250 activists from all over Africa (and indeed the world). This meeting proved seminal in establishing PWYP Africa’s governance structure and launching the protection mechanism for civil society activists.
Last Update 10.06.10
With the EITI Validation deadline approaching in March 2010, the Congolese PWYP coalition worked hard to disseminate information about the benefits of EITI to a wider public. At the beginning of 2010, their efforts were focused on public dignitaries – organizing workshops for MPs of the Equateur Province and for members of the national Senate. Despite the sometimes low governmental commitment to EITI, the coalition managed to sustain enough momentum in the process for the first reconciliation report (for 2007) which was published in March. Those for 2008-2009 are due to follow soon. The coalition was pleased to learn of the six-month extension period granted to DRC to finalise its EITI Validation report.
Continuing challenges relate to the nature and levels of civil society participation in the EITI process. A workshop held in late March raised questions concerning: the freedom of the MSG civil society delegates to share information with the rest of the coalition, as well as dissemination of EITI reports amongst the broader public; and frequent harassment of CSOs by public authorities. Other issues still to be resolved are improvements needed to the EITI reporting templates, plus the lack of a budgeted EITI work plan.