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Diamond Development Initiative
Lead Organization Name
Diamond Development Initiative
  • Standards
  • Mining
  • Metals
Lead by
  • Donor
  • Industry

To gather all interested parties into a process that will address, in a comprehensive way, the political, social and economic challenges facing the artisanal diamond mining sector in order to optimize the beneficial development impact of artisanal diamond mining to miners and their communities within the countries in which the diamonds are mined.

Value Chain Focus
  • Sustainable Development
    • - Artisanal and small-scale mining
    • - Mineral tracing systems
Have a mix of stakeholders such as public, private and civil society sectors contributed to the design of the initiative?
Geographical Focus
  • Global
In-country work
Sierra Leone
Who is it for?
small-scale extractives companies, international governments, local civil society, communities
How does the initiative try to reach its objective?

DDS is intended as an ethical certification process through which rough and polished diamonds that originate from the most informal diamond mining sector (artisanal and NOT just “Small-scale”) can be verified, traced and independently confirmed as having been produced through specific social/environmentally responsible practices. DDI thus defines “development diamonds” as diamonds produced responsibly, safely, with respect for human rights and community rights, in conflict-free zones, with benefits to communities and payment of fair prices to miners. “Development Diamond” Principles are elaborated by a multi stakeholder group of civil society, jewelry industry and public sector professionals.The Standards Development Process is designed in order to establish a methodology for transforming the Principles into specific and measurable standards.DDI carried out consultations with various interested & affected parties (artisanal miners, governments, diamond industry actors, other ethical jewelry initiatives, standards setting organizations, certifying bodies). The normative documents were subsequently drafted based on feedback from these consultations as well as the lessons learned through previous interventions in the ADM sector by DDI and others.DDS field testing is operationalised on the ground in Sierra Leone to advance the process of achieving Proof of Concept; operational planning is initiated for expanding the pilots to other countries.The draft DDS normative documents (covers standards provisions, supply chain process and operating model) will be available online for general feedback. Making this available while the pilot project is in process will ensure that the broader review of DDS normative documents does indeed reflect the practical realities on the ground through field-tested feedback from the field.