Antwerp World Diamond Centre provides grant to Diamond Development Initiative

Ottawa, February 2017 — The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is pleased to acknowledge a contribution from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) in support of its efforts to transform the artisanal and small-scale mining sector, improve the conditions of artisanal diamond miners and their families and to promote responsible sourcing.

“AWDC has been a longstanding and reliable partner,” says Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI. “Their support enables DDI to continue its efforts to formalize the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in ways that benefit miners, their communities and local economies.”

“Artisanal mining accounts for almost 20 per cent of diamond production,” says Stephane Fischler, President of AWDC. “Supporting DDI is the best way we know to ensure that programs are being implemented to ensure that artisanal production respects standards for human rights, health and safety, and environmental sustainability.”

Ari Epstein, Chief Executive Officer of AWDC, says, “Our collaboration with DDI is significant for us. Through DDI, we are able to contribute to the social and economic development of artisanal diamond miners, who are important participants in the diamond supply chain.”


The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) is an industry-established foundation, whose mission is to serve and support the diamond business in Antwerp, the world’s most important diamond trade hub. AWDC actively promotes support for the diamond sector at home and abroad.

The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) works to transform artisanal and small-scale diamond mining into a source of sustainable socio-economic development.

Contact: Marg Buchanan, Communications Manager
Diamond Development Initiative
1.613.565.0507, x 105