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Time for Leadership at the Kimberley Process

By Offah Obale, Conflict Minerals Researcher

Flying out of Angola after last month’s Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary, the biannual meeting held by the diamond certification scheme, I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief. It had been an intense week as Partnership Africa Canada, along with 10 other civil society groups who sit as members of the Kimberley Process, announced a boycott for 2016 in response to the chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As we explained to the nations and industry groups who make up the rest of the Kimberley Process membership, our boycott was due to widespread concerns over UAE’s lenient diamond import standards and its antagonistic relationship with our coalition. 

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New Reports on Artisanal Diamond Mining in Côte D'Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo

Partnership Africa Canada is pleased to present two new reports on the artisanal diamond sector, produced in collaboration with civil society partners.

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Transitions at PAC

After 20 years as Executive Director of Partnership Africa Canada, Bernard Taylor will be retiring on October 30. We thank Bernard for his years of guidance and leadership, and wish him all the best as he embarks on new adventures.

Today we are excited to announce the appointment of Joanne Lebert as our new Executive Director, who will be taking up the position as of November 1.

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Spotlight on 2014 in PAC's Year in Review

Partnership Africa Canada is excited to share with you our newly released 2014 Year in Review.

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Cleaning up Gold: What is needed next after Dodd Frank

In September, a global coalition of NGOs amplified their calls for the European Union to implement binding requirements on EU-based companies to publically report on their efforts to ensure conflict minerals from the Great Lakes region of Africa do not enter their supply chains.

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Understanding Traceability vs. Certification

A key weakness in a number of recent assessments of progress on certification of conflict minerals in the Great Lakes Region is confusion regarding the concepts of certification and traceability. Certification, in its most broad sense, is about creating the conditions for long-term reform of the governance of mineral sectors. Traceability, while critical, is one small part of this bigger picture. Traceability refers to the use of documented and recorded identification to follow commodities or goods as they move through the supply chain. Ongoing confusion regarding these two concepts has not been helpful, and has more often than not muddied analysis of the progress and impact of efforts in the region.

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