Democratic Republic of Congo: Anvil Mining Congo, SARL-01/World Bank President Request

Date Filed
01 Jul 2005
Status
Closed
Phase
Compliance
Country
Democratic Republic of Congo

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Dispute Resolution
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Appraisal
Investigation
Closed
CURRENT Status
Investi3gation (COMPLIANCE)
Closed

Project Information

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Institution
MIGA
Name & Number
Anvil Mining Congo, SARL 5054
Company
RBM International (Dublin) Limited
Sector
Mining, Oil, Gas and Chemicals
Commitment

$13.6 million (Guarantee)

Synopsis

Complaint

Dikulushi is a copper-silver mine located in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project was developed by Anvil Mining, a Canadian company, and had been in production since 2002. In October 2004, the town of Kilwa, 50 kilometers from Dikulushi, was taken over by a small rebel group. In response to a direct request, Anvil Mining provided logistical support to the armed forces of DRC. In order to regain control over the town, the armed forces allegedly killed civilians, looted and carried out other crimes such as extortion and illegal detention.

CAO Action

In July 2005, Rights and Accountability in Development, a UK-based non-governmental organization wrote to the President of the World Bank Group, Paul Wolfowitz, on behalf of a number of NGOs, alleging a number of failures in the due diligence undertaken by MIGA. Subsequently, former President Wolfowitz requested that CAO audit MIGA’s due diligence with a particular focus on security and human rights. The CAO’s audit focused on security and conflict; adherence to MIGA’s environmental and social review procedures; and new commitments under the Extractive Industries Review (EIR) Management Response.

Status

The compliance audit, completed in November 2005, made the following findings: - • MIGA due diligence analysis failed to address the possibility of the project influencing the dynamics of conflict or the issue of whether security provisions might be detrimental to the local community; • The Environmental and Social Review Procedures adhered to by MIGA should have addressed the potential for the mine to exacerbate local tensions leading to heightened insecurity for local communities; • MIGA did not fully comprehend the implications of implementing the principles entailed in the EIR Management Response, nor the capacity for their client to properly implement them. The audit emphasized that MIGA ought to engage with Anvil Mining in order to ensure that anticipated development benefits came to fruition and shortcomingswere identified and resolved. Nevertheless, the audit acknowledged the positive steps undertaken by MIGA to engage with NGOs at the project level for the first time. The audit was closed in February 2006.

Case Documents

  • Compliance

    Audit Report(s)
    CAO Audit of MIGA's Due Diligence of the Dikulushi
    Nov 01, 2005
    English
    CAO Audit of MIGA's Due Diligence of the Dikulushi
    Rapport d'audit du CAO
    Nov 01, 2005
    French
    Rapport d'audit du CAO
    CAO Releases First Audit
    Feb 02, 2006
    English
    CAO Releases First Audit
    Le CAO publie son premier rapport d'audit
    Feb 02, 2006
    French
    Le CAO publie son premier rapport d'audit
    Environmental Impact Assessment
    Apr 01, 2003
    English
    Environmental Impact Assessment