DDI plays a unique role in the Kimberley Process

DDI plays a unique role in the Kimberley Process

The Diamond Development Initiative works to transform artisanal mining into a source of sustainable development. The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds.

So what is DDI doing at the KP?

DDI plays a unique role in the Kimberley Process as a member with Independent Observer Status, highlighting the need to address the development issues that face artisanal diamond miners and impact the implementation of the KP. To do so, DDI participates in several different functions:

  • DDI is a member of the Working Group on Alluvial Artisanal Production (WGAAP), promoting the integration of development solutions alongside KP regulatory requirements by member countries, and assisting with the formalization of artisanal diamond mining.
  • DDI also serves as a member of the Working Group on Monitoring (WGM). The WGM manages the peer-review process of the KP, organizes review visits and conducts the assessment of annual reports, in order to ensure full compliance to the KPCS by member countries.
  • DDI is a member of the Technical Team that guides and follows the KP Regional Approach for the Mano River Union countries – Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • DDI coordinates the KP Technical Assistance program, facilitating an exchange of knowledge and training between KP member countries to improve KPCS implementation in each jurisdiction.

Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI, recently participated as a panelist in a forum on diamond valuation, organized by Ahmed Bin Sulayem of the UAE, this year’s KP Chair, and held in Antwerp.

According to an article in IDEX Online, “The difference in value perspective, between large corporations and smaller artisanal miners, resounded clearly from the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) representative, who outlined the fundamental needs of the smaller producers, whose requirement for immediate income often overshadowed their negotiating skills for fair market value. A recognized valuation mechanism, to determine real value, which could be applied to all operators, would be welcomed broadly by the DDI. “

Gizenga said, “Valuation is an important topic and it affects many actors differently, and no one thinks of the small guys. It is our job to give a voice to the interests of artisanal miners and we will take every opportunity to do that through KP and other channels.

“We work for the benefit of artisanal miners. And we only want to be judged by our work.”