Congo Gold

A Southern Africa Resource watch project

Conflict gold to criminal gold

Executive Summary - In 2011, the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) initiated a regional monitoring effort to assess the physical, social and economic security risks as well as the socio-economic, humanitarian and commercial conditions faced by artisanal gold-mining communities in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Maniema and Orientale in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


Dr. Claude Kabemba September 2nd, 2013

In its first ground breaking research report into artisanal gold mining in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) demonstrated how the industry had been transformed in recent years – moving from Conflict Gold to Criminal Gold.

About congo gold

This website is part of a long-term project coordinated by the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW), which aims to assist artisanal gold mining communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to voice their concerns to develop effective ways of protecting themselves against conflict, bureaucratic corruption, organised crime and other abuses.

Together with local researchers, SARW is producing a stream of unique data on the gold industry in eastern DRC and building a Congolese organisation that will continuously assess the threats by militant or criminal groups in relation to the extraction, exportation and trade in gold, which remains one of the most important economic activities in the region.


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