Claude Kabemba's picture

Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)

October 30th, 2013


  1. The KP will remain a relevant mechanism as long as it is reformed to align it with the changing realities in our societies;
  2. The KP’s tripartite alliance needs to be reinforced and consolidated;
  3. The mandate of the KP needs to be expanded and this requires creating a stronger structure and enhancing its capacity;
  4. A reformed definition of conflict diamond should be situated within a Pan-African context and should address questions of human rights, which must involve both governments and businesses;
  5. The success of the KP depends on whether a state’s institutions are working and whether its democracy is sound;
  6. The harmonisation of regulations at regional level is fundamental to monitor the illegal export of diamonds;
  7. The relationship between diamonds and poverty needs to be properly integrated within the KP;
  8. The KP can learn from other international voluntary mechanisms; and
  9. The entire diamond value chain should be transparent and conflict free. 


About the author(s)

Claude Kabemba is the Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW). In 2006, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) asked him to spearhead the formation of SARW. He holds a PhD in International Relations (Political economy) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Thesis: Democratisation and the Political Economy of a Dysfunctional State: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo). Before joining SARW, he worked at the Human Sciences Research Council and the Electoral institute of Southern Africa as a Chief Research Manager and Research Manager respectively. He has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the Centre for Policy Studies as Policy Analyst. Dr. Kabemba’s main areas of research interest include: Political economy of Sub Saharan Africa with focus on Southern and Central Africa looking specifically on issues of democratization and governance, natural resources governance, election politics, citizen participation, conflicts, media, political parties, civil society and social policies. He has consulted for international organizations such Oxfam, UNHCR, The Norwegian People’s Aid, Electoral Commissions and the African Union. He has undertaken various evaluations related to the work of Electoral Commissions and civil society groups interventions in the electoral process in many African countries. He is regularly approached by both local and international media for comments on political and social issues on the continent. His publication record spans from books (as editor), book chapters, journal articles, monographs, research reports, and newspaper articles.


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