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    Ebola: Fighting Back in Sierra Leone

    Like Londoners during the Blitz, Sierra Leoneans are fighting back against Ebola, with surprising results. This report was written for DDI by Lansana Gberie, author of A Dirty War in West Africa and member of the UN Security Council Expert Panel on Liberia. For a statement on Ebola from DDI’s Executive Director, click here.

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    DDI to manage Kimberley Process technical assistance

    The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is very pleased to announce that with the assistance of a grant from Signet Jewelers Ltd., it has begun coordinating the technical assistance function of the Kimberley Process.

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    DDI’s Executive Director Speaks about the West African Ebola Crisis

    “It is with grave concern that I share our perspective on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa….”

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    Rubel & Ménasché supports Diamond Development Initiative International

    The Diamond Development Initiative International (DDI International) is very pleased to announce a financial contribution to its work from Rubel & Ménasché. Rubel & Ménasché, the Paris-based French diamantaire, is a supplier of specialty, high-end diamonds to the jewellery trade. The company is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and has been a supporter of DDI since 2012.

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    Press release: The Digging Fields – A Warning and an Appeal

    17 June 2014

    In a keynote address to the Antwerp World Diamond Congress today, Rory More O’Ferrall, one of the diamond industry’s most respected leaders and Honorary Vice Chairman of the Diamond Development Initiative, said that dealing with the plight of artisanal diamond diggers has become an urgent moral and business imperative.

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    Speech: The Digging Fields - A Warning and an Appeal

    17 June 2014

    In a keynote address to the Antwerp World Diamond Congress, Rory More O’Ferrall, one of the diamond industry’s most respected leaders and Honorary Vice Chairman of the Diamond Development Initiative, said that dealing with the plight of artisanal diamond diggers has become an urgent moral and business imperative.

    Read the full speech >

  • Diamonds by Ian Smillie

    Diamonds by Ian Smillie

    Former UN Security Council investigator, leading figure in the blood diamonds campaign and DDI’s sitting Chair, Ian Smillie offers a comprehensive analysis of the history and structure of today’s diamond trade…

  • The Tiffany & Co. Foundation continues to support DDI

    The Tiffany & Co. Foundation continues to support DDI

    Press Release – 12 Feb 2014

    The Tiffany & Co. Foundation has once again generously awarded a grant to the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), further aiding the organization in its work to improve the lives of artisanal diamond miners.

  • Speech by Stephane Fischler

    Speech by Stephane Fischler

    Speech – 20 June 2013

    Stephane Fischler, president of Antwerp World Diamond Center & DDI vice-chair addresses the Angolan Diamond Centenary Conference in Luanda

  • Development Diamond Standards

    Development Diamond Standards

    News Release – 30 May 2012

    The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) today released the draft standards for its Development Diamonds™ ethical certification project. The 60-day public comment period is open for all interested parties until July 31, 2012.

  • DDI International receives grant from Cartier International

    DDI International receives grant from Cartier International

    News Release – 17 February 2012

    The Board of Directors of the Diamond Development Initiative International (DDI International) is very pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a grant from the renowned French jeweler and watchmaker, Cartier International.

  • Announce working relationship on artisanal diamond production.

    Announce working relationship on artisanal diamond production.

    News Release – 16 November 2011

    DDI International and RJC today announced they had agreed a Memorandum of Understanding to work co-operatively on advancing their shared objectives. These objectives include: improving social, environmental, labour practises and good governance in the artisanal diamond mining sector; enhanced relationships between large-scale and artisanal diamond mining; and increased market access for jewellery raw materials produced by artisanal diamond mining communities.