The Better Good: The Evolvement of the Kimberley Process

Hindieh Hammoura, Irtaza Zafar & Sara Sharkira Sodhi

Student thesis: Termpaper


The Kimberley Process is a treaty established in 2003 aimed at eliminating conflict diamonds, through the use of a scheme (Kimberley Process Certification Scheme) and legislative means. The treaty has been brought into question by many scholars, and rebuked for not being effective. Though many scholars believe that the Kimberley Process is ineffective, literature have not provided the structure of an International Organization as a proposal to improve their stand, in obtaining its objectives. This paper has constructed the hypothesis that the Kimberley Process is ineffective in obtaining its objectives, and poses the research question: “How would the Kimberley Process fare in obtaining its objective, if it were to operate as an International Organization?”. The research project utilizes the theories of Neo-realism and Rational Choice Institutionalism. The theories creates an objective view on International Organizations, and shapes both the importance of the current format and an alternative proposal of Kimberley Process’ structure. The research project attempts to answer the research question by using a deductive approach, as it works with a preset angle, taken from the hypothesis. It has been conducted through an interpretivist approach, where we seek to understand rather than simply explaining. The project investigates the core elements of the structure of the Kimberley Process. It draws upon the significance of how the current structure is hindering the treaty in obtaining its objectives. In addition, the analysis attempts to discover, how the Kimberley Process can benefit from enforcing the structure of an International Organization. If the Kimberley Process was to evolve into an International Organization, we believe that it would fare better in obtaining its objectives. Upon examinations of these components, it has become clear that evolving the Kimberley Process into an International Organization would require an independent hegemonic power. Each member of the Kimberley Process would be required to contribute economically in order to create and operate an independent administration. Consequently, vulnerable member states of the Kimberley Process might not have the capability to continue the cooperation, as this may affect their sovereignty.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Program in Social Sciences, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date25 Jan 2016
SupervisorsEric Komlavi Hahonou


  • Conflict Diamonds
  • Rational Choice Theory
  • Neo-realism
  • International Organisation
  • Africa
  • Multilateralism
  • Kimberley Process