My research focuses on the mineral sector in Eastern DRC which is being formalized. Since formalization initiatives aim at improving its governance, my research question is: how have mining formalization attempts affected institutional change and which influence have they had on négociants and miners’ livelihood strategies in artisanal mining sites?
This research project takes an actor-oriented and social networks approach, focusing on the so-called 'négociants' or middlemen in the mineral supply chain. Based on the above approaches, I intend to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the iTSCI-project as one of mining formalization initiatives that are being implemented in artisanal mining sites in the Northern Katanga.
Researcher: Claude Iguma Wakenge
Supervisors: Dorothea Hilhorst, Koen Vlassenroot, Jeroen Cuvelier