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About Diamonds for Peace

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WHO WE ARE

Diamonds for Peace (DFP)
Earth Plaza, 1-2-1, Kosugaya, Sakae-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa, 247-0007 Japan

Diamonds for Peace Liberia (DFPL)
J. M. Kollie”s Yard, 1st Avenue, Mandingo Quarter, Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia

Vision

A world in which diamonds are mined, cut and processed with humanitarian and environmental considerations

Mission

1. To improve the working conditions and social status of the workers in the diamond supply chain.

2. To promote ethics and fairness in the diamond industry

What We Do

1. Awareness-Raising:
Raise awareness of the issues in the diamond industry

2. Self-Reliance Support:
Provide support to improve the working conditions and social status of artisanal diamond workers in developing countries, especially in Africa

3. Emergency Assistance:
Provide assistance in the event of disasters or epidemics in the targeted countries

Where We Work

Liberia, Japan (as of April 2018)

DFP Board & Founding Team

Chie Murakami, Director General for DFP, CEO for DFPL

Tomone Kawai, Vice Director General for DFP

Kenji Tanaka, Board Member for DFP

Hanae Aida, Board Member for DFPL

Mai Suzuki, Board Member for DFPL

J. Worlobah Momolu, Board Member for DFPL

Chiho Yukiwaki, Auditor-Secretary for DFP

History

May 2014 Started as a voluntary group. Field trip to Liberia to observe the situation of the artisanal diamond mining.
October 2014 – July 2015 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Response Activities in Liberia
January 2015 Invited and Participated in USAID PRADDII Project Workshop and Tour to Artisanal Mining Communities in Cote d’Ivoire
March 2015 Diamonds for Peace was officially registered as Non Profit Organization in Yokohama City under NPO law in Japan
October 2016 Diamonds for Peace Liberia was officially registered as NPO in Liberia under Liberian law
April 2017 Diamonds for Peace Liberia was accredited as national NGO in Liberia

Brief Biographies of Board Members

Chie Murakami, Founder & Director General, Diamonds for Peace (Japan)
Founder & CEO, Diamonds for Peace Liberia
M.A. International Development Studies: The George Washington University, USA
B.A. Business Management: Gakushuin University, Japan

After getting Master’s degree, Chie worked on the research in Haiti, and worked for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Laos Office coordinating programs/projects. She came back to Japan to develop her skills in the private business sector, believing its perspective would be more important in the field of international development.

After working for an advertising agency and business consulting firm and running her own small business in Japan, she came back to the field of international development. She was engaged in JICA project to strengthen the management capacity of the managers at the Ministry of Health in Kenya.

She got engaged and married prior to living in Kenya. She became interested in diamonds and did a small research expecting to find stories full of love and happiness. She was shocked to find the perverse information such as diamonds being the source of conflicts, and human rights violation. She had thought about what she could do to help improve the situation while she was in Kenya and thought the fair trade principles may be applied to diamonds. After completing her work there, she visited Sierra Leone in 2012 and then Liberia in 2014 and decided to found Diamonds for Peace and work in Liberia.

Tomone Kawai, Deputy Director General, Diamonds for Peace (Japan)
B.A. in Law, specializing in International Law and Business, Chuo University, Japan

After graduating from university, Tomone worked at a Japanese non-profit organization for 8 years where she managed grant making programs for Japanese NPOs and philanthropic projects cooperating with Japanese and international corporations and foundations. Tomone was also engaged in several activities regarding global health and human security issues. She has three children. She is a founding member of DFP.

Kenji Tanaka, Board Member, Diamonds for Peace (Japan)
Certified Tax Accountant

B.A. in Law, Meiji University, Japan.

After graduating from university, Kenji worked at the accounting department for a food processing company, and then for a tax accounting corporation with various clients including public benefit corporations.
Kenji decided to start his own tax accounting office and currently supports not only private companies but also social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.He also founded and operates a youth camp in Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture in Japan, to foster children’s zest for living through activities in nature.

Mai Suzuki, Board Member, Diamonds for Peace Liberia
M.A in Globalisation, Business and Development, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK
Bachelor of Law (College of Law), Department of Political Science and Economics, Nihon University, Japan

After graduating from university, Mai worked for a securities company for 3 years as a customer consultant. Following that position, she served as a Community Development Volunteer with the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) in Malawi for 2 years to promote small-scale business development and management. Mai’s next position was working for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a program officer responsible for public private partnership program. Upon completing a master’s program, Mai became the Deputy Head of Office at JICA Liberia Field Office and coordinated with JICA’s health project in post-Ebola Liberia.

Presently, she works as an international development consultant in the area of industrial promotion/business development in developing countries. She is a founding member of DFP.

Hanae Aida, Board Member, Diamonds for Peace Liberia
MSc in Public Health in developing countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

After graduating from university, Hanae became a nurse in Tokyo. She then decided to join the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and was dispatched to Ghana for two years and then with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV). She assisted in Liberia for another two years. At the present time Hanae is a consultant specializing in Public Health. She is a founding member of DFP.

J. Worlobah Momolu, Board Member, Diamonds for Peace Liberia
Worlobah is an advocate for children’s and women’s rights in Liberia. Many Liberians love and respect him for his integrity and personality.