Ian Smillie was a founder of the Canadian NGO Inter Pares and was an Executive Director of CUSO. He has been an independent development consultant and writer since 1983. His latest books are Freedom from Want: The Remarkable Story of BRAC, 2009, and Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade, 2010. Smillie is a leader in the campaign to end “blood diamonds”. He helped to create the Kimberley Process which certifies the world’s trade in rough diamonds, and he was the first witness at Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial in The Hague. He Chairs the Diamond Development Initiative and he is a member of the Order of Canada.

Library Articles

2011
This study deals with the challenges posed by mineral flows that may lack all of the requisite export and sourcing documentation, or that may before or during the process of mining and export financially benefit rebel groups, militias, or military groups in some way. This is, quite evidently, a cont...
2010
The Kimberley Process was designed to halt the phenomenon of conflict diamonds and to ensure that it would not recur. In many ways the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was a remarkable initiative in terms of its originality and scope, and in its inclusion of governments, industry and civil soc...
2009
By all indications, and from the evidence gathered for this year’s Diamonds and Human Security Annual Review, the Kimberley Process (KP), designed to halt and prevent the return of “conflict diamonds”, is failing. The cost of a collapse would be disastrous for an industry that benefits so many...
2007
Liberia is a country blessed with natural resources. Its natural endowments include diamonds, gold and iron ore, extensive stands of tropical timber, abundant water and cropland, and a climate and soil conditions conducive to the cultivation of cash crops such as rubber, cocoa and coffee. Thanks to ...
2007
This report, co-published by PAC and Green Advocates in Monrovia, describes Liberia’s timber, rubber and diamond sectors. It lays out what must be done by the Liberian government and civil society, as well as the donor agencies, companies and NGOs that work there, to make certain that there is no ...
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expertise
  • Conflict Diamonds

  • The Kimberley Process