Most people are unaware of the role diamonds play in bringing real benefits to people in the countries around the world where diamonds are sourced. Nowhere is this more evident than in Africa.
It is also in Africa that this same resource has been used to fund conflict. In 2000, a coalition of governments, non-governmental organizations and the diamond industry worked together to address this issue.
In 2002, they established the Kimberley Process Certification System, a UN-backed process that has virtually eliminated the trade in conflict diamonds. Today, over 99% of the world's supply of diamonds is from sources free of conflict. Diamondfacts.org is dedicated to presenting the facts about conflict diamonds, along with how diamonds are driving economic growth and prosperity in countries around the world.
Fact #1: An estimated 5 million people have access to appropriate healthcare globally thanks to revenues from diamonds.
Fact #5: Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.
Fact #3: An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry. (read more)
Fact #14: The charity Jewelers for Children funds a community based care program for orphaned children in South Africa.
Fact #4: The diamond mining industry generates over 40% of Namibia's annual export earnings. (read more)
Fact #11: The Diamond Development Initiative was established to improve the working conditions of artisanal miners.
Fact #8: Approximately one million people are employed by the diamond industry in India. (read more)
Fact #9: Approximately $8.5 billion worth of diamonds a year come from African countries. (read more)
Fact #12: The revenue from diamonds is instrumental in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (read more)