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Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director DDI, Canada

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  • CASM - Brasilia October 2008
    • The mandate is to bring together NGOs, governments, and the private sector to address the political, social and economic challenges facing the diamond artisanal mining sector.
    • DDI deals only with artisanal diamond production.
    • As a development focused organization, DDI International aims to address the relationship between alluvial diamond diggers and all eight UN Millennium Development Goals .
    • DDI complements the Kimberley Process , by concentrating on social and economic factors in artisanal mining, improving livelihoods, working conditions, environment and community beneficiation.
    • It is also a conflict prevention mechanism : concerned with creating social and economic stability in the artisanal diamond mining sector, a sector that is vulnerable to economic predators, violence-prone and difficult to regulate.
      • Regulate the diamond industry; it supports regulation through the formalization of artisanal mining;
      • Certify or authenticate the origins of diamonds
    • CASM/WB
    • Partnership Africa Canada
    • Global Witness
    • the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability
    • Tiffany Foundation
    • Government of Sweden
    • The industry: BHP Billiton, De Beer’s, Cartier International, International Diamond Manufacturers Association, the JCK Foundation, Jewellers of America, Rapaport Group, Rio Tinto and Signet.
    • Artisanal diamonds cannot be distinguished from large scale diamonds. They are part of the value chain.
    • They can potentially bring an important contribution to growth and development in countries were they are mined.
    • With soaring rough diamond prices and apparently no prospect of significant kimberlitic mines in the next 5 to 10 years, alluvial diamonds play an important role in the diamond supply chain.
        • Social and economic stability in the artisanal diamond mining sector will not happen by chance.
        • DDI aims to move the artisanal diamond sector from the stigma of conflict and chaos attached to it, towards a heritage of development.
    • DDI is part of the consumer confidence chain : responding to the consumer demand for ethically sourced and produced diamonds; and to the industry shareholders’ interest in reputational enhancement.
    • DDI offers an opportunity for engagement to governments, donor agencies, development organizations, and the industry, to create a multi-stakeholder platform so no one is left to do the change alone.
    • Organized 2 international meetings (UK, Ghana) to test the idea of the diamond development initiative
    • Conducted several published studies: Resource Flows, Diamond Cooperatives in SL, S&G -SL, S&G - DRC.
    • The Madison Dialogue Diamond Group: development diamonds standards.
    • Collaboration with Angola: standards for the diamond industry to be at the World Diamond Summit , 2009.
    • First on the ground project : TUKUDIMUNA - getting children out of Diamond Mines in Mbuji-Mayi, DRC.
    • Challenge Fund: drawing other partners into the development of artisanal diamond communities.
  • KP DDI Tripartite regulatory Multi-stakeholder system development platform Government lead Integrated leadership