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The Diamond Development Initiative International (DDII) is a unique effort to address the problems faced by the millions of artisanal diamond diggers and their families, in Africa and South America.

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  • The Issues

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    Despite its size and importance, the artisanal diamond mining sector is characterized by deep poverty and severe instability, with artisanal diamond miners around the world working in low-paying, hard and dangerous conditions every day.

  • Our Work

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    There are 1.5 million artisanal diamond miners across Africa and South America and at DDI we believe they represent 1.5 million opportunities for development and sustainable economic growth.

  • Our Vision

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    DDI seeks to bring together civil society, governments and the private sector in a common effort to convert diamonds from a fuel for war into an engine for development.

  • Who We Are

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    DDI is an important development tool that aims through education, policy dialogue and projects working directly with artisanal diamond miners and their communities, to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.

  • Media

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    DDI participates in numerous fora, workshops and panels, and publishes papers on various mining and development topics.

  • How You Can Help

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    DDI offers a variety of ways to support efforts to transform the sector into a viable economic enterprise. Get involved, educate or donate.