Report on the proceedings of the Diamonds for Development Sub-Regional Conference

Summary:

This conference was convened within the framework of the Diamonds for Development initiative (D4D), which focuses on the sustainable use of revenue from mineral resources for the purposes of development. It was organised by the Government of Liberia in partnership with UNDP Liberia and International Alert with the objective of identifying ways to ensure that the alluvial diamond sector contributes to sustainable peace and development in the Mano River Basin sub-region.

Hosted by the Government of Liberia’s Ministry for Land, Mines and Energy and held at the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia, the conference was attended by 118 participants from Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the UK and the USA. They included representatives of the governments of Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Secretariat of the Mano River Union, the regional and international public and private sectors, civil society, local mining communities, academics and donors.