On behalf of the organizing partner organizations, Southern Africa Resources Watch, Partnership Africa Canada and International Crisis Group, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend and participate in the forthcoming civil society workshop to examine the Kimberley Process and its future ahead of the Intercessional meeting, slated for June 4-7.
The workshop intends to constructively discuss existing challenges within the diamond and conflict sectors and propose realistic alternatives and solutions that could help resource governance mechanisms like the Kimberley Process adapt to changing challenges and reputational risks.
Delegates invited to this workshop will be drawn from across the continent, including representatives from a broad spectrum of civil society, academics and activists. The workshop will also be bolstered by the presence of representatives of the KP, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the media and other international actors. Delegates to the workshop will review the efficiency of the KP, draw lessons from shared experiences and reflect on the evolution and progress of the mechanism. They will also chart the way African governments, industry and civil society groups can contribute to the future institution-building of the mechanism.
The aim of the conference is to invite decision-makers and thought-leaders who can provide an African perspective on how best to address the conflict minerals and diamonds problem that negatively impacts so many parts of the continent. In recognition of your expertise and experience in this subject area, SARW therefore extends an invitation to you as participant.
The conference would be held in Johannesburg on the weekend (May 30-June 1) before the Kimberley Process Intercessional meeting. Doing so would allow the conference to benefit from the attendance of some civil society and government officials from outside South Africa who could be planning on later attending the KP event in Kimberley.
The programme is being finalized and will be circulated to all participants in due course. SARW will meet the cost of your travel on one economy class return ticket plus accommodation on full board at a hotel in Johannesburg.
Please confirm whether you will be able to participate to enable us to start logistical arrangements. Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us ( or ). We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the workshop.