Timo Makori in winning team at Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge

The project titled, “Matokeo” meaning “outcomes/results/happenings” won the Tungsten prize for the Global Data sub-challenge at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge organised by Conservation X Labs and a Global coalition of partners. The award came with funding of $118,000 for the project.

Timo collaborated with Antoine Heuty of Ulula Canada — a startup company using technologies to create responsible supply chains — and Alexandre Jaillon, a mapping expert at the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), an independent research institute providing information for sustainable development in Congo, in the design of a data collection system to monitor conditions of extraction and human security in artisanal mines in eastern Congo.

The Matokeo system aims to collect and map data on the social, environmental and human rights impacts of artisanal mining in particular mining communities in eastern Congo. Data will be collected using mobile phone technologies at scale and made freely available to partner community organisations and local authorities to promote the creation of homegrown solutions to risks created by artisanal mining. Research findings from the project will be published by the team in academic journals and will contribute to policy regarding due diligence and artisanal mining at the OECD Forum for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains and locally, in Congo, through workshops for community organisations, state agencies and civil society actors.

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