Artisanal diamond mining and opportunities for development

Date: 24 October 2017

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Building R - R.014 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: USOS & IOB

Short description: Debate between Gavin Hilson (University of Surrey) and Mark van Bockstael Chair Working Group of Diamond Experts - Kimberley Process)

About the debate

Artisanal and small-scale diamond mining is an important livelihood strategy for the rural poor in many developing countries. Artisanal miners face harsh and dangerous working conditions and, due to the informality of the sector, are often insufficiently protected by existing government frameworks and regulations.

Yet, there is a growing recognition that the artisanal mining sector, if formalized and properly regulated, could significantly contribute to economic growth and poverty alleviation in many regions. Despite various initiatives to bring forward more effective development strategies for artisanal diamond mining, little consensus has yet been reached on how this could be best achieved.

How can the artisanal diamond mining sector thus be transformed in order to bring about a more beneficial contribution to development?

Moderated by Sara Geenen (IOB - UAntwerp)

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