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The Natural Resources research programme brings in-depth research on the exploitation of natural resources and puts into perspective issues such as the redistribution of rents, poor governance and corruption, and the financing of conflicts.

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Conflict diamond certification scheme unable and unwilling to reform

“Conflict diamond certification scheme unable and unwilling to reform” Today, another three-year reform cycle of the Kimberley Process came to an end without meaningful change. Participating states could only find consensus on insignificant changes to the scope and governance of the scheme. They once again failed to effectively protect communities in diamond mining areas from […]

My GIS internship experience – A goodbye from our latest intern

This summer I joined IPIS as a GIS intern between my first and second year of master and discovered a group of professionals whose work drive insights for decision-making and governance through research and technology. Walking into the building, I was warmly greeted by the staff and discovered the vast collection of books in the […]

IPIS welcomes University of Antwerp Summer School for workshop on artisanal diamond mining

On August 28th, 2019, 21 students from the University of Antwerp’s ‘Mine to Finger’ Summer School on diamonds were engaged on “The use of digital maps and open data in the analysis of artisanal mining” with a case-study of the Central African Republic (CAR). The students, with diverse backgrounds, engaged in critical and nuanced discussions […]

Mapping ASM sites in the Central African Republic: An update from our field teams

Since February 2019, IPIS is partnering with the Artisanal Mining and Property Rights (AMPR) project from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase awareness and understanding of the opportunities and challenges of establishing responsible gold supply chains in the Central African Republic (CAR). As part of this project, IPIS is supporting the Ministry […]

“ Tous les regards sur le Processus de Kimberley pour une réforme absolument nécessaire sur les diamants de conflit “

La société civile appelle les Participants à prendre leurs responsabilités dans la lutte contre les diamants de sang. La réunion d’intersession du processus de Kimberley (PK) de 2019, présidée par l’Inde, a pris fin cette semaine. Pendant une semaine, les délégués ont discuté de la possibilité d’étendre le champ d’action du PK pour s’assurer qu’il […]

“All eyes on the Kimberley Process for desperately needed reform on conflict diamonds”

Civil society calls on Participants to take their responsibility in preventing diamond-related conflict This week saw the end of the 2019 intersessional meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP) chaired by India. The week-long conference was the scene of discussions among delegates on the possibility of expanding the Kimberley Process’ scope to ensure that the scheme […]

Kimberley Process must progress reform talks on diamond violence or risk irrelevance and diamond revenue losses

Kimberley Process must progress reform talks on diamond violence or risk irrelevance and diamond revenue losses  “Kimberley Process reform failure hurts us all”, say civil society and African communities As India prepares to host the last intersessional of the Kimberley Process (KP) reform cycle in Mumbai (17-21 June), the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) […]

Le Processus de Kimberley doit faire progresser les discussions sur les violences entourant la production de diamants, ou il devra faire face à des pertes de revenus et de crédibilité

” Un échec du Processus de Kimberley nous affecterait tous”, préviennent la société civile et les communautés africaines  Alors que l’Inde se prépare à accueillir la dernière intersession du cycle de réforme du Processus de Kimberley à Mumbai (17-21 juin), la Coalition de la Société Civile du Processus de Kimberley (CSCPK) exhorte les Etats à […]

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