The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Supports Registration of Artisanal Miners in the DRC October 2014
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In October 2014, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation awarded Diamond Development Initiative International (DDI) with a grant to support the registration of artisanal gold miners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Foundation has supported DDI since it was founded because of the unique role the organization plays in improving the artisanal mining sector. Through its on-the-ground expertise and strong government relations, DDI is able to advance real change in the industry. DDI has successfully registered artisanal diamond miners in the DRC and it is well-equipped to apply lessons learned to the registration of artisanal miners of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten.

In order for the mining sector in the DRC to improve, a focus on artisanal mining is critical. Formalizing the sector has the potential to lead to economic development and can bolster the country’s efforts to rebuild, benefiting the local artisanal mining communities. Registration enables the government to collect appropriate fees and monitor mining activities in the country while also protecting miners by allowing them to operate in the legal, formal economy.

“Unregistered miners are vulnerable to exploitation. Obtaining legal status through registration enables artisanal miners to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, and ultimately, their country,” said Dorothée Gizenga, DDI’s Executive Director.

Anisa Kamadoli Costa, the Foundation’s Chairman and President, notes: “Formalizing the artisanal mining sector in the DRC is an important step in advancing economic development in the country. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation is DDI’s largest nongovernmental supporter to date and believes DDI has the ability to effect real change in the industry because of its strong working relationships with local artisanal mining communities around the world.”

The Foundation is proud to support DDI through its Responsible Mining Program, which seeks to promote the development of standards for responsible mining at the large- and small-scale level.