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A Tale of Two Countries: A Comparison of Botswana and Zimbabwe's Diamond Industries

In 2012 SADC produced 56.1% of the rough diamonds globally, but was still one of the poorest regions. This report compares the development, constraints and stages of the diamond supply chain in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The mining legislation and barga…

Beneficiation: A Case for Zimbabwe's Diamonds

Since the start of commercial diamond mining activities in Marange in 2009, Zimbabwe has been exporting thousands of jobs annually through the export of rough diamonds and by frustrating the fledgling local cutting and polishing industry. The govern…

Towards Implementation of the Washington Declaration in Zimbabwe: A Case for Formalizing Artisanal and Small Scale Diamond Mining in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is lagging behind other Kimberly Process Certification Scheme participants when it comes to bringing artisanal alluvial diamonds into legitimate chain of custody. The continued criminalization of artisanal diamond diggers in Marange is comp…

Illicit Financial Flows in Zimbabwe's Artisanal Mining Sector

Zimbabwe is severely affected by the problem of illicit financial flows (IFF) in the extractives industry. The artisanal mining sector is one of the worst affected sectors. Artisanal mining is a mostly povertydriven, rural activity which has debili…

Mining Sector Exemptions from COVID-19 Lockdown: Motivations and Triggers - Special Report

On April 19, 2020 the President of Zimbabwe announced the extension of the National Lockdown period by an extra two weeks to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the measures that constituted the first lockdown period include…

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