DRC: Human Rights Impact Assessments and Economic Models for Mining Projects

CCSI has worked with the Carter Center, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and the Clinic of Sciences Po Paris Law School to support local organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in carrying out human rights impact assessments of selected mining projects. CCSI has provided technical assistance on research methodologies, legal analysis, data collection, report writing and advocacy strategy.

CCSI developed two economic models for the Sicomines mine in the DRC to compare the financial flows under the resource for infrastructure deal with a ‘traditional’ contract under the mining code of the DRC. The collaboration agreement between the Congolese Government and a consortium of Chinese companies is one of the most prominent resource for infrastructure deals, with Chinese investors providing a concessional loan of US$3 billion for infrastructure investments that are unrelated to the mining project and US$3 billion for the copper-cobalt mine itself. The loan is to be repaid through the profits of the mining project, which is set to start operations in 2015.