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SAIIA Policy Insights No 44, May 2017

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SAIIA Policy Insights No 41, March 2017

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For well over a decade, a unique, but flawed global governance initiative, the Kimberley Process, has sought to assure customers that the high prices that they pay for diamonds - stones sold as symbols of love – are not associated with war and bloodshed. But more recently, the increasing production of synthetic diamonds in response to demand in emerging countries is threatening the stability of the entire diamond market.
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For a decade now the world has been engaged in what has been seen as a battle against blood diamonds perceived as funding wars in countries like Sierra Leone and DRC. The Kimberley process is one unique but flawed example of an attempt at global governance co-operation by producers and consumers to stamp out blood diamonds.
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Contrary to the urgent calls for the reform of the Kimberley Process (KP), its year-end plenary took place in Johannesburg from 19 to 22 November 2013 without a breakthrough on the pressing reform questions. The outgoing chair, South Africa, will now handover to China in early 2014, with Angola in line to take the helm in 2015. Neither successor is likely to push hard on the reform front, underlying the extent to which South Africa’s own tenure had been a missed opportunity.
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By prioritising consensus among its state parties and industry stakeholders in defiance of calls by civil society organisations (CSOs) for governance-enhancing reform, the Kimberley Process Diamond Certification Scheme (KPCS or KP) risks sleep-walking into irrelevance.
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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 43, February 2012
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On behalf of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Centre for Research and Development, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS), we would like to invite you for a roundtable seminar on the topic:

‘Zimbabwe’s Diamonds and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme: Effectiveness and Responsibilities’

Instead of funding the country’s reconstruction after years of economic collapse, the discovery of alluvial diamonds in Marange, eastern Zimbabwe, in 2006 has plunged the area into chaos and brought with it armed security forces, violence, increased social instability and environmental degradation.
Venue: Jan Smuts House

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The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Western Cape Branch invites you to a book launch by Tim Butcher, Author of ‘Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit’ .

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The decision to give Zimbabwe no more than a slap on the wrist for the human rights abuses which its army has committed on the Marange alluvial diamond fields in the south-east of the country seriously threatens the future of the diamond industry's initiative to avert consumer boycotts of its gemstones.

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It’s no secret that I am a fan of the many books emanating from the South African Institute for International Affairs. Not only does the institute boast a veritable posse of damn fine writers, it also seems to be their main aim to cut through the clutter, writing with clarity and simplicity that makes easily digestible that which many practitioners would prefer to remain an arcane subject.

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Monday, 21 April 2008

Are blood diamonds forever?

SECRETIVE, collusive and brutal, or progressive, developmental and transparent? These are the two faces the diamond industry is attempting to come to grips with. Historically, the former reputation is well-earned and well-deserved. Today, the picture is markedly different.

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HOLLYWOOD is no longer a diamond’s best friend. Nominated for a number of industry awards, the blockbuster film Blood Diamond represents the greatest public relations challenge to the diamond industry since the exposure of the role diamonds played in fuelling civil wars and conflict in southern, west and central Africa in the 1990s. Indeed, the film itself is set in Sierra Leone in the 1990s and would have been of far greater social and political impact had it been made then.