The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint government, industry and civil society initiative whose objective is to stem the flow of conflict diamonds, especially those used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.
While DDI became operational in 2008, its members have been involved with the Kimberley Process since its inception.
DDI is a member of the Kimberley Process with an Independent Observer Status, and exercises several functions within the KP.
DDI is a member of the Working Group on Alluvial Artisanal Production (WGAAP), promoting the integration of development solutions alongside KP regulatory requirements by member countries, and assisting with the formalization of artisanal diamond mining.
In June 2012, the World Bank, USAID and DDI, jointly organized the “Enhancing the Developmental Potential of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining” conference, which renewed the call to implement practices that would contribute to the goals of formalization and sustainable development.
At the KP Plenary in November 2012, DDI helped to draft, develop and promote the adoption of the Washington Declaration on “Improving Internal Controls over Alluvial Diamond Production.” The declaration focuses on two goals: enhance the formalization of artisanal mining and improve the social conditions in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities. It includes a series of recommendations seeking to improve traceability, regulation, and enforcement as well as greater economic security and sustainable development in artisanal mining communities.
Another aspect of DDI’s development focus has been to encourage KP member countries to adopt Development Diamond Standards as national policy within their own country.
DDI also serves as a provisional member of the Working Group on Monitoring (WGM). The WGM manages the peer-review process of the KP, organizes review visits and conducts the assessment of annual reports, in order to ensure full compliance to the KPCS by member countries.
Kimberley Process Regional Approach
DDI is a member of the Technical Team that guides and follows the KP Regional Approach for the Mano River Union countries – Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Regional Approach was established by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to address common challenges to KP implementation in these countries. The Regional Approach aims to improve law enforcement, secure production from mine to export, secure government revenues and ensure greater beneficiation to diamond mining communities. The Team is composed of representatives from DRC government, the EU, Partnership Africa Canada, and DDI.
DDI has assumed the coordinating role of the Kimberley Process Technical Assistance program, facilitating an exchange of technical assistance between KP member countries.
Technical assistance is support that enables a country to better implement the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in its jurisdiction, such as training on internal controls, data collection, valuation, and communications within the KP, for example. Requests for assistance are received from producing countries and matched with offers of assistance from other member countries with qualifying expertise. When realized, technical assistance builds capacity and enhances collaboration among member countries, creating a shared responsibility for KP effectiveness and improving compliance with KPCS regulations.
DDI will match requesters with providers, follow-up on requests and assess results.
Countries wishing to submit a request for technical assistance can do so by filling out a request form online: http://www.kimberleyprocess.com/en/request-technical-assistance-0
Questions about technical assistance may be addressed to DDI at TA@ddiglobal.org.
Member countries and other members of the WGAAP:
Angola, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Diamond Development Initiative, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Lesotho, Liberia, Namibia, Partnership Africa Canada, Republic of the Congo, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.