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PROMINES: Development of guidance for self-assessment by governments against the ‘Washington Declaration’

PROMINES: Development of guidance for self-assessment by governments against the ‘Washington Declaration’


Client: USAID

Collaboration: Tetra Tech ARD

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realise their potential.

Working with Tetra Tech ARD on behalf of USAID, Levin Sources created a tool to support the operationalisation of the 2012 Washington Declaration on Integrating Development of Artisanal and Small Scale Diamond Mining (ASM) within Kimberly Process Implementation. The concept of the Washington Declaration Diagnostic Framework is to create a way for member governments of the Kimberley Process’s WGAAP (Working Group on Artisanal and Alluvial Production of Diamonds) – and other stakeholders – to assess their performance against the policy goals set out in the Washington Declaration. These goals include measures for formalisation, as well as social and environmental sustainability.

Levin Sources conducted a comprehensive review of available tools to determine which type would be most useful to ASM country governments to support the realisation of the policy goals of the Washington Declaration. We then designed the process by which governments could use the tool, at the same time as identifying categories and associated performance statements for key elements of each policy goal. These ‘indicators’, their descriptions, and examples were developed through document analysis and close consultation with a range of key experts who are members of the WGAAP. The tool was presented and workshopped by Tetra Tech at the Kimberley Process meetings in South Africa, before its finalisation later that year.

Levin Sources designed the tool to be employed in a multi-stakeholder process, ensuring stakeholders are included in the performance evaluation of governments. Furthermore, the tool was designed to evaluate performance at a national level so other parties who have a role in bringing development to the artisanal diamond sectors can be assessed in addition to the work of the government. The tool was consulted with WGAAP members and other stakeholders at the KP Intersessional in South Africa in June 2013 and is now available for use.

Click here for the tool.

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