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.
Sources: CIA World Factbook
EITI status: Candidate country (suspended)
Visit DRC’s EITI country page
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.
12 June 2013 – Jean-Claude Katende, PWYP DRC’s coordinator, participated in a press conference in Strasbourg to talk about the implications of the EU transparency and accounting directives.
17 April 2013 – DRC is temporarily suspended from EITI.
4 December 2012 – Jean-Claude Katende published 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 2011 – 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.