Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)


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Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director DDI, Canada

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Diamond Development Initiative (DDI)

  1. 1. CASM - Brasilia October 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>DDI deals only with artisanal diamond production. </li></ul><ul><li>As a development focused organization, DDI International aims to address the relationship between alluvial diamond diggers and all eight UN Millennium Development Goals . </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>DDI complements the Kimberley Process , by concentrating on social and economic factors in artisanal mining, improving livelihoods, working conditions, environment and community beneficiation. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Regulate the diamond industry; it supports regulation through the formalization of artisanal mining; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certify or authenticate the origins of diamonds </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>CASM/WB </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership Africa Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Global Witness </li></ul><ul><li>the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Tiffany Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Government of Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Artisanal diamonds cannot be distinguished from large scale diamonds. They are part of the value chain. </li></ul><ul><li>They can potentially bring an important contribution to growth and development in countries were they are mined. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>Social and economic stability in the artisanal diamond mining sector will not happen by chance. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DDI aims to move the artisanal diamond sector from the stigma of conflict and chaos attached to it, towards a heritage of development. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Organized 2 international meetings (UK, Ghana) to test the idea of the diamond development initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted several published studies: Resource Flows, Diamond Cooperatives in SL, S&G -SL, S&G - DRC. </li></ul><ul><li>The Madison Dialogue Diamond Group: development diamonds standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with Angola: standards for the diamond industry to be at the World Diamond Summit , 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>First on the ground project : TUKUDIMUNA - getting children out of Diamond Mines in Mbuji-Mayi, DRC. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge Fund: drawing other partners into the development of artisanal diamond communities. </li></ul>
  9. 9. KP DDI Tripartite regulatory Multi-stakeholder system development platform Government lead Integrated leadership