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A Crucial Moment for Artisanal Miners
The question of how to tackle the hardships facing informal diamond miners is as pressing today as it was when it first arose nearly 20 years ago.It was first touted as an issue that perhaps the Kimberley Process (KP) could...
Fair Trade Aug 10, 2020 Avi Krawitz
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NGOs Merge to Advance Artisanal Mining Sector
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), which has worked to improve conditions for small-scale diamond miners for more than a decade, has merged with Resolve, an organization engaged in tackling social, health and environmental challenges.DDI...
Mining Jul 26, 2020 Rapaport News
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AWDC Launches Artisanal Certification in Guinea
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) will introduce a certification project for Guinea’s artisanal miners that will identify their rough diamonds as conflict-free.The AWDC has based the program on the Maendeleo Diamond Standards...
Mining Mar 15, 2020 Rapaport News
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DDI Appoints Ian Rowe as Executive Director
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) has promoted IanRowe to executive director. He will replace Dorothée Gizenga, who will lead theorganization’s new Africa office. Rowe, who has served as deputy executive director of the DDIsince...
Rough Markets Aug 19, 2019 Rapaport News
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The Drive to Lift the Artisanal Stigma
The community of Fandehun is not used to pomp and ceremony.The modest village in the heart of Sierra Leone’s Kono District has beensustained by diamond mining for over 50 years but lacks the basics many takefor granted...
Mining Jun 12, 2019 Avi Krawitz
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DDI Unveils Standards for Artisanal Miners
A new program by the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) aims to help artisanal miners receive certification to show their diamonds are conflict-free. The Maendeleo Diamond Standards (MDS), named after the Swahili word for development,...
Mining Apr 28, 2019 Rapaport News
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DEF to Gift $500K to Students, Entrepreneurs
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has approved up to$500,000 in grants to help students and young entrepreneurs in countries wherediamond mining takes place. The money will go to the organization’s existingbeneficiaries, including the Botswana Top Achievers...
Mining Jul 18, 2018 Rapaport News
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De Beers to Sell Diamonds from Artisanal Miners
De Beers announced plans to work with artisanal miners in SierraLeone to ensure their diamonds are ethically sourced and sold at a fair priceon its auction platform. The company has partnered with the Diamond DevelopmentInitiative (DDI)...
Mining Apr 22, 2018 Rapaport News
Rubel & Ménasché Supports DDI International
Press Release: The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) International is very pleased to announce a financial contribution to its work from Rubel & Ménasché.The Rubel & Ménasché grant will provide general support, assisting DDI in several...
Fair Trade Aug 25, 2014 Rubel & Ménasché
Diamond Development Hosts Panel Discussion at JA NY Summer Show
Press Release: The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) will be hosting an interactive panel discussion as part of this year's educational sessions at the JA New York Summer Show. The focus will be on exploring practical ways in which jewelry...
Fair Trade Jul 24, 2014 DDI
Diamond Digger
Development Diamonds
The diamond industry needs to support programs to uplift its vast artisanal mining sector. The more than 1.5 million diamond diggers – predominantly in West Africa – and their estimated 10 million dependents, remain the most...
Fair Trade Jul 11, 2014 Avi Krawitz
A Warning & Appeal From 'The Digging Fields' of the Diamond Industry
Press Release: In a keynote address to the Antwerp World Diamond Congress today, Rory More O'Ferrall, one of the diamond industry's most respected leaders and honorary vice chairman of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), said...
Fair Trade Jun 17, 2014 DDI
DDI Releases Its 2012 Annual Report
Press Release: The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) International is pleased to announce the release of its 2012 annual report today, which outlines its work with artisanal diamond miners and their communities.Available online at www.ddiglobal.org...
Financial-Legal Oct 02, 2013 DDI
DDI Appoints Rory More O'Ferrall as Hon. Vice Chairman
Rory More O'Ferrall joined the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) as honorary vice chairman and will be contributing to building the group's corporate relations. After 36 years, More O'Ferrall retired from the De Beers Group in 2007,...
Fair Trade Sep 11, 2013 Jeff Miller
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Todd Reed Renews Support for Diamond Development Initiative
Press Release: The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is pleased to announce that renowned jewelry designer Todd Reed has once again generously donated at the Millennium Star level.Todd Reed was founded in 1992 with the...
Fair Trade Jul 09, 2013 DDI
American Jewelry Design Council Members Support DDI
Press Release: The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is pleased to announce that members of the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) have joined the Friends of DDI program. "Ethical sourcing of diamonds is of utmost importance to top designers...
Fair Trade May 14, 2013 DDI
DMIA Provides a Grant to DDI
Press Release: Dorothée Gizenga, the executive director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), is pleased to announce a grant from the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America (DMIA). Established in 1931, DMIA is the leading organization...
Marketing Jan 07, 2013 DDI
Anglo American Group Foundation Supports DDI
Press Release: The Anglo American Group Foundation (the Foundation) and The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) announce that the Foundation has made a financial contribution to DDI's work in the field of artisanal diamond production....
Fair Trade Dec 17, 2012 DDI
The First African Nations Join Diamond Development Initiative
Press Release: The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is very pleased to announce that three African governments have made financial contributions to its work. The governments of Angola and of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)...
Fair Trade Nov 26, 2012 DDI
DDI to Present 'What Your Customers Should Know' at JCK Toronto
Dorothée Gizenga, the executive director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), will present “Your Business and Artisanal Diamond Mining: What You and Your Customers Should Know” at the JCK Toronto show on August...
Fair Trade Jul 27, 2012 Jeff Miller
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