Ian Smillie

Ian Smillie, Author, Consultant, Research Coordinator, Partnership Africa


Africa - Blood Diamonds and Development Diamonds

November 15, 2007


Ian Smillie has lived and worked in Africa and Asia. He was a founder of the Canadian development organization, Inter Pares, and was Executive Director of CUSO from 1979 to 1983. He was an adjunct professor at Tulane University in New Orleans from 1998 to 2001. During 2000 he served on a UN Security Council Panel investigating the links between illicit weapons and the diamond trade in Sierra Leone. He is an associate of the Humanitarianism & War project at Tufts University. His latest books are Patronage or Partnership: Local Capacity Building in Humanitarian Crises (Kumarian, 2001); Managing for Change: Leadership, Strategy and Management in Asian NGOs (with John Hailey, London, 2001) and The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World (with Larry Minear, Kumarian, 2004). Ian Smillie serves as Research Coordinator on Partnership Africa Canada’s ‘Diamonds and Human Security Project’ and is an NGO participant in the intergovernmental ‘Kimberley Process’ which has developed a global certification system for rough diamonds.