De Beers supports artisanal miners with new grant to DDI

Ottawa, 24 April 2017 — The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is pleased to recognize another significant contribution from the De Beers Group of Companies in support of efforts to promote responsible production and improve the lives and conditions of artisanal diamond miners and their families.

According to Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI, ongoing funding from De Beers enables DDI to ensure the sustainability of its programming. “Our objective is to contribute to the formalization of the artisanal and small-scale diamond sector,” she says. “This does not happen overnight, or in a month or a year. Faithful partners like De Beers make it possible for us to take the long term view.”

Feriel Zerouki, Head of Government and Industry Relations, De Beers Group, said: “Through our relationship with DDI we have the opportunity to support artisanal diamond diggers and their communities and to contribute to improvements in the sector. Any benefit to artisanal miners is a benefit to all of us.”

DDI’s programs in favour of artisanal diamond miners include miner registration, mining cooperatives, Maendeleo Diamond Standards for miner’s rights and responsible production, mobile schooling in mining communities and professional development for miners.

The De Beers Group has been supporting the work of DDI since 2008.

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De Beers is a member of the Anglo American group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. www.debeersgroup.com.

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

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