The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to many of the minerals required for the green energy transition, yet these minerals are extracted from the country instead of being leveraged to induce sustainable development in Congo. This not only disrupts the global value chain linking DRC to consuming countries, but also perpetrates a harmful cycle of exploitation rather than mutual gain.
Since 2007, The Carter Center’s Extractive Industries Governance (EIG) program has worked to empower Congolese citizens to participate in the management of their resources and revenues. By developing platforms that connect stakeholders from DRC government, private sector, and civil society in Africa, the US and Europe, EIG has promoted cooperation in developing and implementing effective policies. Our long-term goal is to promote consideration for social and environmental impacts and more cooperation among diverse stakeholders.
The Carter Center, a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.
The Carter Center and its partners have publicly disclosed over 200 mining contracts, contributed to the 2018 revised mining code, and enhanced EITI implementation through 9 reporting cycles.