The Fund for the Prevention of Child Labour in Mining Communities seeks to address the issue of child labor in DRC’s cobalt mines by strengthening communities and addressing the root causes of the problem. Through a multi-sectoral package of interventions, the Fund-supported projects will contribute towards alleviating poverty (SDG 1 No Poverty), strengthening social services for children, supporting responsible production and consumption (SDG 12), and getting children out of mines (SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth). Activities will focus on mining communities in DRC’s copper belt across 6 health zones with an initial target of US$21 million over a three-year period. The Fund is administered and programmed by UNICEF and implemented in cooperation with government entities and civil society organisations with a local presence in the DRC.
Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of ERG and Co-Chair of the Global Battery Alliance: “Eurasian Resources Group is proud to be contributing to the Fund for the Prevention of Child Labour in Mining Communities. The Global Battery Alliance Collaboration will support projects in the DRC to strengthen communities and address the root causes of child labour. We encourage industry participants and stakeholders to join us in this mission and also pledge their support to the Fund. We can only address this challenge together.”
Read more about the initiative here