"The WFDB's contribution is very important to the work we do," said Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI. "We rely on ongoing partnerships like this one to ensure continuity and long-term results in our efforts to formalize the artisanal and small-scale diamond mining sector."
WFDB President Ernie Blom commented that his organization supports high standards in the diamond supply chain, including in artisanal production.
"Artisanal miners are part of the worldwide diamond industry, and we are proud to collaborate with DDI to ensure that they follow best practices in their production, while at the same time ensuring their rights are respected. When issues related to artisanal mining are addressed, everybody wins."
The DDI added that the WFDB has been supporting the organization since 2009.