MDS in Sierra Leone
|Country||Sierra Leone, Africa|
|Target Areas||Kono District|
|Funder||GIZ, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation|
The current project, which builds on important lessons learned from a pilot project implemented in Sierra Leone in previous years, began in 2014 but was temporarily suspended due to the Ebola epidemic in the Kono District in 2014-2015. Activities resumed in July of 2015.
- Through visits and interviews, DDI assesses numerous mning sites in the Kono District with alluvial and artisanal production of diamonds
- After obtaining consent of village leaders and community, mining sites are selected to participate in the program
- Training on mining techniques, health and safety and the implementation of the Maendeleo Diamond Standards is provided at participating mining sites
- Independent auditors visit the sites at random to verify adherence to the Standards. DDI provides support to miners for compliance and improvement during the process.
- MDS-compliant sites are certified and the diamonds they produce become Maendeleo Diamonds
- Companies invited to participate in the sales process must meet due diligence requirements (including know your customer and anti-money laundering requirements), pay a support fee to miners and comply with DDI’S traceability and segregation policy and procedures
- DDI establishes an agreement with qualified invited buyers who are interested in purchasing Maendeleo Diamonds and can demonstrate traceability from source to manufacturing
- Miners and site owners know their rights and obligations
- Mining practices improve, with respect to human rights, the environment, and health and safety
- Mining sites that are certified have access to new markets and improved economic outcomes
- Invited and qualified buyers have the opportunity to purchase a unique, certified product
In Sierra Leone, the program is already producing results for miners, and their communities. The program stands as a model which is scalable, replicable and transferable to other contexts, countries, minerals and metals.