Reimagining Western engagement: New strategies for stability in the Sahel are underway

12 juillet 2023

On 29 September 2022, IPIS organised a panel discussion on the implications of the Ukraine invasion for Russia-Africa relations. The discussion touched upon shifting power balances, the role of Russian mercenaries and the impact of the war in Ukraine on the African and global diamond industry. Nowhere are these evolutions better reflected than in the Sahel, a region stretching from Seneg

Critical minerals and the need for equal partnerships with African producers

12 avril 2023

Before Western policymakers recognized the immense strategic importance of minerals for green energy production in the 21st century, it was primarily seen as the main source of conflicts in Africa, especially when they were extracted in the African Great Lakes Region.

From laggard to leader? Zimbabwe’s turbulent diamond history

31 janvier 2023

This IPIS Insight provides background and context to Zimbabwe’s current Kimberley Process chairmanship, both historically and in light of whether it might present opportunities for government and corporate actors in the country to exorcise their demons.

Russian diamonds and the war in Ukraine 

4 avril 2022

In this Insight, IPIS provides background and analysis on several aspects of the Russian diamond sector, what links it has to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and how the international business and political community is seeking an adequate response to the challenges this raises.   The Russian invasion of Ukraine, that started on 24 February 2022, has led to international outrage. Russ

Belgium’s fight against conflict diamonds: an assessment of the country’s diamond sector controls from a global perspective

31 mai 2021

In its new report, IPIS assesses Belgium’s fight against conflict diamonds. The report focusses on the Belgian city of Antwerp, which has played a central role in the global diamond trade for centuries. Yet as the world’s diamond hub, Antwerp not only attracted the best but also the worst of this diverse industry. In no uncertain terms, a series of UN and NGO reports linking Antwerp to bloody civi

Letseng Mine

L’impact de l’extraction des diamants sur les communautés locales en Afrique. Résultats des recherches de terrain des membres du PK CSC.

19 novembre 2020

Entre mai et août 2020, les organisations membres de la société civile du PK ont mené des projets de recherche dans leurs pays sur l’un des trois domaines d’intérêt suivants : les (dés)avantages de l’extraction de diamants pour les communautés locales (CECIDE/AMINES, GAERN, NMJD, CNRG, Green Advocates, CENADEP), la violence causée par l’extraction de diamants (ZELA, RELUFA) et les droits fonciers