World Federation of Diamond Bourses continues to support the Diamond Development Initiative

Ottawa, March 2017 — The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is pleased to announce a donation from the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) in support artisanal diamond miners and responsible production.

“WFDB’s contribution is very important to the work we do,” says Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI. “We rely on ongoing partnerships like this one to ensure continuity and long-term results in our efforts to formalize the artisanal and small-scale diamond mining sector.”

Ernest Blom, President of WFDB, notes that his organization supports high standards in the diamond supply chain, including in artisanal production. “Artisanal miners are part of the worldwide diamond industry, and we are proud to collaborate with DDI to ensure that they follow best practices in their production, while at the same time ensuring their rights are respected. When issues related to artisanal mining are addressed, everybody wins.”

WFDB has been supporting DDI since 2009.

30

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has 30 affiliated bourse members and exists to protect the interests of affiliated bourses and their individual members.

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