Activities & Projects

DDI’s ongoing project activities include:

Development Diamond Standards

The Development Diamond Standards™ (DDS)

Starting in Sierra Leone, DDI is field testing an ethical certification system for diamonds that originate from artisanal mining areas. The overarching objective is to develop a system that actually works in the vastly informal context of artisanal diamond mining; can be independently verified; and results in meaningful benefits for artisanal miners as well as consumers. Find out how we’re creatively adapting an enterprise approach to the development priorities of the artisanal diamond mining sector.

Registration of artisanal miners

Registration of artisanal miners and diamond production tracking

In the DRC’s Mbuji-Mayi and Tshikapa (including Kananga) mining regions, DDI is piloting a system to register artisanal diamond miners and track their production up until the point of export. The system meets KPCS standards. It is funded by DFAIT Canada. Visit the project website at: http://www.ddidrc.org/eng/index.php

Education Programs for Artisanal Miners

Education Programs for Artisanal Miners

DDI is currently working on a curriculum for an education program for state agents and miners, which pays particular attention to human rights. This project requires funding. It is one of the core education programs that DDI is developing in order to help reduce gaps in knowledge within the artisanal diamond mining sector.

Kimberley Process Development Agenda

Kimberley Process Development Agenda

At the level of the Kimberley Process, DDI guidance on international development policies to the Working Group on Artisanal and Alluvial Production. In collaboration with WGAAP member countries and other KP member countries and Participants, DDI works to design and implement development solutions that complement the regulatory instruments of the KP and help strengthen KP internal controls.

DDI has planned a number of project activities which aim to advance change in the artisanal alluvial diamond mining sector in Africa and South America. These include:

Mechanisation of Artisanal Diamond Mining

Mechanisation of Artisanal Diamond Mining

During consultations organized by DDI, member countries of the Kimberley Process Working Group on Artisanal and Alluvial Production identified Mechanisation as an option through which their governments could initiate concerted action to advance formalisation in the artisanal diamond mining sector. After commissioning a research study to analyse the issue in depth, DDI is now looking into options for piloting the mechanisation program.

Southern Relations and Partnering Fund

Southern Relations and Partnering Fund

To date DDI has supported 5 organizations with an overall amount of $89,000 US. The projects are small and experimental, but all have replicability and learning as a requirement. This Fund allows DDI to leverage funds of other international and national organizations for projects that correspond to DDI’s objectives and goals.

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