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Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources


IMPACT, formerly known as Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is a Canadian non-governmental organization which is working in a technical support role to the Conference Secretariat to aid in the development of certain elements of the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM), including the development of a Regional Database on mineral flow

Since the launch of the RCM, IMPACT’s support to the ICGLR has been multifaceted, and has included:

  • Developing the ICGLR mineral tracking database and facilitating data collection in-region;
  • Facilitating technical capacity and training for the ICGLR Secretariat, ensuring sustainability of the RCM;
  • Advising on the development of the ICGLR’s Independent Mineral Chain Auditor;
  • Providing direct support to ICGLR Member States to meet certification requirements.

IMPACT’s support for the operationalization of the ICGLR Regional Database is possible through the Building Responsible Mineral Supply Chains Initiative, funded by Global Affairs Canada.

On April, 2014, the ICGLR Secretariat and IMPACT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining areas or cooperation and collaboration within the framework of the ICGLR’s Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region. As per the MoU, PAC committed to providing technical support to the ICGLR Conference Secretariat (CS) in terms of operationalization and maintenance of the ICGLR Regional Database.

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