|In a blog entitled "NGOs put Kimberley Process at Risk", The Financial Intelligencer's (FI) Nick Kochan warns that the ongoing "war" between the Kimberley Process's Civil Society Coalition (KP CSC) and the United Arab Emirates KP Chair threatens the entire initiative.
Towards the end of 2015, the KP CSC voted unanimously to boycott the UAE's 2016 Chairmanship of the KP. However, in response to KP Chair Ahmed Bin Sulayem's appeal to the CSC to attend the upcoming Plenary in Dubai, positive responses were received from Albert Kabuya Muyeba of the Centre National d'Appui au Développement et à la Participation Populaire (CENADEP), and from Dr. Ola Bello, Executive Director of Good Governance Africa (GGA).
A few days later, though, CENADEP Director General Danny Singoma, reportedly sent out another letter to the KP Chair reaffirming its continuing support for the boycott and stating that Muyeba's positive response was done "on personal terms", and "does not commit our organization in any way."
FI's Kochan refers to internal correspondence he has seen which indicates that Muyeba and CENADEP were put under pressure by the NGO Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) to retract their announcement, while JCK quotes PAC spokesperson Zuzia Danielski saying, "The boycott is still in effect, and that is not going to change."
Referring to the UAE's proposal for the establishment of a Fund to support the KP-related activities of individual KP Civil Society Coalition members, Kochan surmises that this would, "... bring an end to the hold that Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), a prominent Ottawa-based NGO, has over its African partners. PAC, despite effectively being the only non-African member of the CSC, serves as the coalition's coordinator and controls the funding of the other members. Using this dominant position within the group, it speaks on behalf of its African partners. It can be argued this is often to the detriment of their interests. This would be particularly the case if the KP were to unravel."Kochan further states that, "The failure of the KP would have a devastating impact on the African diamond producing countries for whom the industry contributes a large part of their revenues, and for whom the KP prevents a return to the violence that gripped central and western Africa during the 1990s."