DDI and the Kimberley Process Regional Approach

DDI’s Communications Manager was among the broad array of stakeholders gathered in Abidjan to discuss regional collaboration and Kimberley Process compliance last week.

As a staunch supporter of regional collaboration, DDI contributes to the Regional Approach for West Africa in three capacities:

1. As a member of the Regional Approach Technical Team: DDI works with representatives from the European Commission, Partnership Africa Canada and the Congolese government to assist the Mano River countries in organizing and implementing joint activities.

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2. As an Implementing Partner: When strategic activities and projects are identified that would aid in ensuring Kimberley Process compliance, DDI is in a position to work with countries and other partners to implement them on the ground. In particular, we have a large presence in the Kono district of Sierra Leone (an artisanal diamond mining area), where we currently run our Ebola Response Project, funded by De Beers and GIZ.

3. As the Focal Point for Technical Assistance within the KP: The Administrative Support Mechanism (hosted by the World Diamond Council) was created to facilitate all aspects of the Kimberley Process, including the sharing of best practices and the provision of assistance to those members requiring it. Thanks to funding from Signet Jewelers, the Diamond Development Initiative assumed the role of Technical Assistance Focal Point in October, 2014. In the context of the Regional Approach, this means seeing how the provision of assistance can be shared among all four countries, in order to obtain effective and sustainable results.

  • Photo 1: Alan Martin, Research Director of Partnership Africa Canada (Left) has an exchange with GIZ’s Patric Macua (Right) while Guinean civil society representative Kabinet Cisse (Middle) takes notes. Credit: Diamond Development Initiative
  • Photo 2: DDI’s Communications Manager, Marika Escaravage, presents DDI’s projects in the Mano River region. Credit: PRADD II