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.
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.
DDI seeks to assist member countries to implement 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.
DDI also serves as a 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 Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (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 KPCS to address common challenges to KP implementation in these countries, such as law enforcement, traceability, and economic benefits for mining communities.
DDI’s Cross-border initiative supports the MRU Regional Approach.
DDI coordinates the KP Technical Assistance program, facilitating an exchange of knowledge and practice between KP members.
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 and valuation. Requests for assistance are received from producing countries and matched with offers of assistance from other member countries or entities with qualifying expertise. Countries wishing to submit a request for technical assistance can do so by filling out a request form online.
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.