East and Southern African Coloured Gemstones: from mine to market


The Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is hosting a Regional Forum to share good practices and discuss innovative and practical solutions to advance dialogue and collaboration on coloured gemstones in East and Southern Africa. A number of East and Southern African countries contribute to the global coloured gemstone market with yearly estimates of coloured gemstone retail sales valued at $18-billion to $21-billion. This Forum is timely as there is increasing global pressure for improved transparency, responsible sourcing and a number of governments are pursuing policies to enhance local value addition. The goal of this Forum is to bring together contributions from government, industry, academia and civil society on pathways to improve the coloured gemstone industry.

About The Alumni Network

The Mining for Development Alumni Network ( is a global community of over 2,000 mining professionals from over 65 emerging resource economies that have participated in capacity building programs funded by the Australian government. They are senior to mid-level professionals from academia, industry, civil society and government. This forum is targeting alumni that are gemstone miners, gemmologist, lapidarist, geologist, policy makers, mining engineers, women in mining, buyers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, researchers and community development practitioners.

DFAT provides a grant to support alumni engagement and funds from this grant will be used to sponsor 60 alumni from East and South Africa specifically from Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Madagascar, UK, Australia and the US.


  1. To share relevant experiences and ideas between multiple stakeholders on the current state (policies and practices) of the coloured gemstone industry and explore existing good practices.
  2. To discuss innovative, practical ideas and collaborations that will improve the coloured gemstone sector.
  3. To foster meaningful engagement and dialogue between the Mining for Development Alumni Network, invited guests, external partners, industry and the Australian government.


  1. Legal framework and regulations
  2. Contribution of gemstone mining to the host countries
  3. Marketing and value addition
  4. Women’s participation in gemstone industry
  5. Geology, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety
  6. Responsible sourcing and innovations in the gemstone industry

Register your interest to attend

Register you interest to attend the Forum at . EOIs requiring travel sponsorship are closed. EOIs for self sponsored delegates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Participation in the Forum is free, to offset cost please consider sponsoring the Forum.

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Thank you to Advisors who have given their time and expertise freely to help develop an impactful and exciting Forum.

  • Patricia Syvrud, Program Development Manager Minerals, Metals and Society and Co-Chair and Jewelry Industry Lead, Jewelry Development Impact Index, University of Delaware
  • Deborah Craig, Gemologist and Director – International Women in Mining
  • Lynda Lawson, Manager (Training and Knowledge Transfer) University of Queensland
  • Dr Caroline Ngonze, Program Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Program
  • Estelle Levin – Nally, Founder and Director of Levin Sources, UK

Alumni Forum Organising Committee

A dedicated team of Alumni are designing and delivering this event

  • Dr Harmony Musiyarira, Head of Department Mining and Process Engineering, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia (Alumni Forum Co-Chair)
  • Davis Osoro, Extractive industry strategist, Kenya (Alumni Forum Co-Chair)
  • Eulalie Tanteliniony, Social Development Specialist, Madagascar
  • Zo Harimalala Tsiverisoa, Lapidary trainer, Madagascar
  • Dr Girma Woldetinsae Gebremichael, Director for Research and Development, Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ethiopia
  • Paul Mirie, Mineral Economist, Ministry of Mining, Kenya
  • Camilo Nhancale, Chair of the Board & Research Coordinator Youth Development and Environmental Advocacy, Mozambique
  • George Maneya, Regional Mine Manager, Ministry of Mines, Malawi
  • Isabella Chirchir , Director, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia
  • Henry Mditi, Assistant Regional Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Minerals, Tanzania
  • Alphet Dokowe, Chief Geologist, Geological Survey, Zambia
  • Belinda Zimba, Projects Coordinator, Ecoview , Zambia
  • Vincent Kawamya, Research Fellow/Lecturer, Copperbelt University, Zambia
  • Kasazi Nyendwa, CEO/Founder, Lutono Enterprises, Zambia
  • Lameck J Thole, Head, Skills Training and Production, Gemstone Processing and Lapidary Training Centre, Zambia
  • Augustine Mubanga, President, Association of Mines Suppliers and Contractors, Zambia
  • Elite Mhone , Senior Mining Engineer, Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development, Zambia
  • Laura Zimunya, Principal Minerals Development Officer, Ministry of Mines and Mining Development, Zimbabwe
  • Joshua Laichena, Policy Analyst – Environment & Natural Resources, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research & Analysis, Kenya
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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Forum – the first of its kind - will bring together gemologists, jewellery designers, geologists, policy makers, mining engineers, women in mining, buyers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, researchers and community development practitioners from Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar, UK, Australia and USA. Your brand will be recognised as a valued contributor to supporting dialogue and collaboration on improving the coloured gemstone sector.

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