The ongoing research project by Marijke Verpoorten, Nik Stoop and Janvier Kilosho studies the nexus between mineral resources, employment opportunities and conflict in the artisanal gold mining sector of South-Kivu. Their research currently concentrates on Kamituga, where they have completed three rounds of fieldwork:
- June 2013: Census of artisanal gold mining pits and actors
- May-June 2014: First pilot of research phase I
- December 2014: Second pilot of research phase I & exploring options for phase II
- May 2015: Survey
The survey instruments can be found here:
The first results can be read in The social minefield of gold digging in South Kivu, which has been published as an IOB Analysis and Policy Brief. You can find more information on the research progress on Nik Stoop’s website.
Pictures ©Sara Geenen and Nik Stoop