DDI past projects and partner projects with other organisations:
In December 2014, DDI launched its Ebola Response Project in Sierra Leone’s Kono District. Focusing on the specific context of artisanal mining communities, DDI is adopting a 3-S approach: Sensitization, Support and Safeguards.
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.
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.
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.
ONE SKY: Institute for Sustainable Living Life After Diamonds: Land Reclamation for Agriculture and Advocacy
Two land reclamation projects in Sierra Leone at the Bandefayie and Kainsey sites. The land reclamations were a component of ONE SKY’s Life After Diamonds project.
A youth driven study that sought to find out the opportunities available to youth who worked in the mining sector in Sierra Leone as well as their ambitions, in order to determine the gaps that prevented them from reaching their goals.
Economic Diversification and Community Development in Artisanal Diamond Mining Communities in Sierra Leone.
The production of a teaching film on the USAID-funded project entitled Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) in Central Africa Republic and Guinea.