University of Bath

Voices from the Mine: Artisanal Diamonds and Resource Governance in Sierra Leone

Part of the Minerva Series of Lectures

14 Nov 20186.00pm
14 Nov 20187.00pm
Panning for diamonds

Diamond mining is Sierra Leone’s most lucrative export industry, with annual production of up to $US 250 million, but only a fraction of this wealth returns to the diamond fields. ‘Voices from the Mine’, a new film by Dr Roy Maconachie from the University of Bath’s Centre for Development Studies, and Simon Wharf from our Computing Services’ Audio Visual Unit, documents the path that artisanal diamonds follow from mine to market, offers insiders’ perspectives of the challenges of formalising the sector, and explores why exploitation continues to persist at the bottom of the chain.

The film touches on a variety of resource governance themes, and offers testimony from stakeholders both in Sierra Leone and Antwerp, Belgium, one of the world’s oldest and most established diamond trading hubs. The film, which is based on two years of fieldwork in Kono District, Sierra Leone, was produced with funding from Humanity United. A discussion and question and answer will follow the screening.