Based on investigations of the situation in the Congolese province of Katanga, Fatal Transactions demonstrates how members of the government, with the help of international donors such as the World Bank, have profited from the natural wealth of the Congo in recent years, at the expense of the Congolese people.
With elections on the horizon, the international Fatal Transaction campaign1 wants to shed light on the power structures in the Congolese resource industry. The investigation illustrates how poor policy, political incompetence and corruption have led to the collapse of the formal mining industry. The report gives recommendations for promoting fair and democratic management of the natural resources of the DRC.
Since colonial times, the history of the DRC has been dominated by plundering and lawlessness. In the last century, the colonial government, dictatorial power supported by Cold War forces, national and international corporations, criminal networks and rebel troops have, one after the other, plundered the Congo’s natural wealth. Three years after the end of the war, various parties continue the looting of the rich Congolese soil, all the while preventing meaningful reconstruction of the country from ever happening.
On behalf of Fatal Transactions, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) has studied the relationship between the Congolese political class and the resource sector. In the run-up to the planned democratic elections, the report scrutinizes government policy in the mining sector. One result this investigation reveals is how collaboration between the Congolese government and the World Bank has led to the total collapse of the national copper mining company in Katanga. It is a story of recommendations ignored, corruption, profiteering and political recalcitrance. The province, once one of the most prosperous regions in Africa, is now on the verge of collapse. Every day, tens of thousands of men, women and children try, in the dreadful conditions of the abandoned mines, to scrabble together enough copper and cobalt to buy food for a day. The poverty reinforces ethnic and political tensions.
The goal of the international campaign by Fatal Transactions is to allow natural resources to contribute, in a transparent and just way, to development and reconstruction. It is the conviction of Fatal Transactions that the way in which resources are managed in the DRC can make the difference between new conflict and sustainable peace and development.
Consequently, the campaign calls upon all the leaders of the Congo, the international community and industry to take action. The way the current ruling authorities – and potential candidates for the new, democratic government – deal with the resource sector is of vital importance to the future of the DR Congo.
Read the complete IPIS report:
The_State_vs_the_People-Mining_in_the_DRC_2006March27.pdf (2834 Kb)
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Le rapport de la commission d'enquête parlementaire congolaise sur les contrats conclus pendant la guerre. With unofficial English translation (21-02-2006)
For more information, please contact Kirsten Hund, international coordinator for Fatal Transactions in South Africa: +27 (0)73 0875743, email@example.com,
Didier Verbruggen, contact IPIS, in Belgium: +32 (0) 3 225 00 22, or Rina van der Werf, NiZA public relations officer, in the Netherlands: +31 (0) 20 520 62 10 / +31 (0) 6 - 46 727 839, firstname.lastname@example.org.