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Dear  <<First Name>>,

We are sending you this newsletter because we have previously been in touch regarding the USAID-funded Zahabu Safi project, also known as the Commercially Viable, Conflict-free Gold (CVCFG) project, or because we think you might want to be engaged in the future.  We want to learn from past experience, open doors for new partnerships and energise the debate on responsible ASM gold from eastern DRC.

In this first newsletter, we provide you with a summary of the project so far and introduce key team members.
What is the Zahabu Safi Project?

Launched in December 2018, the Zahabu Safi project is a five-year, $11.9 million program that builds on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe.  The overall goal of the project is to establish a viable, conflict-free, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern DRC.

Zahabu Safi is being implemented by Global Communities in partnership with Levin Sources and in collaboration with Better Chain and RCS Global Upstream Ltd.  We work closely with the Congolese government and are developing partnerships along the length of the supply chain with cooperatives and exporters, refiners and  downstream buyers of gold, especially in the jewellery and tech sectors.  We aim to increase investment in the responsible gold supply chain with a view to making it commercially viable once the project funding has ended.

The project's three primary objectives are:
  1. To increase demand for and co-investment in conflict-free, traceable, responsible ASM gold from eastern DRC;
  2. To increase exports of conflict-free, traceable, responsible ASM gold from eastern DRC; and
  3. To improve the commercial viability of ASM gold cooperatives.
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About the name...
You might have previously heard the project referred to as ‘USAID-funded Commercially Viable, Conflict-Free Gold’ (CVCFG). To reference its Congolese roots, increase its visibility in eastern DRC and enhance people’s understanding of its aims, we are now also referring to it as Zahabu Safi, which means ‘clean gold’ in Congolese Kiswahili.
What can you expect from our newsletters?

In future newsletters, we will cover:
  • Updates on program progress and upcoming activities, and how you can get involved.
  • Learning from the project implementation, including our industry-wide outreach and analysis on issues such as the market and co-investment in gold supply chains, cooperative and community engagement and working with anchor institutions. 
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Meet the team

As a trade and investment facilitation project, we have personnel and offices in the DRC, UK and US which serve as key activity hubs for our work.
  • The program is led by Nikki Duncan of Global Communities as Chief of Party,
  • Supported by Lazarre Potier, as Deputy Chief of Party and the Global Communities representative in Goma, and
  • Rachel Brass of Levin Sources as Director, Market Linkages and Investment.
Nikki Duncan

Global Communities Technical Director, Economic Growth and Chief of Party, based in the US

Nikki is an international business executive with over 15 years of experience managing complex programs designed to strengthen economies, empower communities and improve lives.
Rachel Brass

Levin Sources’ project director in the UK

Rachel has 20 years’ experience working on security and conflict policy and programming for the UK government, in and on Africa and South Asia.  She has worked in DRC twice as a diplomat – in both Kinshasa and Goma.
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Lazarre Potier

Deputy Chief of Party and Head of CVCFG office in the DRC

Lazarre is a seasoned international development expert, with over 20 years of experience managing large, complex, donor-funded programs and business/revenue generation development activities for USAID, DFID and other premier development agencies and Fortune 500 companies working in Africa and the Caribbean.
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