The Just Gold Project: Lessons for the Future of Artisanal Gold in Democratic Republic of Congo

This report is based on IMPACT’s experiences implementing the Just Gold project in DRC from 2012 to 2020. It provides analysis from IMPACT staff based on on-site observations and first-hand experience during the implementation of the project in Orientale Province from 2012-2014 and Ituri Province from 2015-2020, as well as efforts to engage with the international market. The report relies on data from the Just Gold Traceability and Due Diligence System, as well as on impact monitoring done through IMPACT’s Planning, Monitoring, and Learning System. Analysis is supplemented by previous research and available data on the gold trade in DRC and the Great Lakes region. The report is divided into four sections. The first explains the Just Gold project and how it operated from 2012 to 2020, including incentives tested. The second explores dynamics that affected the supply chain during that period. The third highlights learnings relevant to the economic sustainability and commercial viability of artisanal gold supply chains. The fourth explores how the Just Gold project used data to advance evidence-based local empowerment and gender equality during that period.