Diamond Empowerment Fund

The Mission

Diamond Empowerment Fund is an international non-profit organization empowering African youth through education to be the next generation of leaders in African countries where diamonds are found.

We currently support three institutions preparing these future leaders. CIDA City Campus in South Africa. African Leadership Academy based in South Africa and the Top Achievers Program in Botswana.

Diamonds For Good

DEF’S Diamonds For Good membership program is comprised of companies in the diamond and jewelry industry that support DEF’s mission of youth leadership development and education empowerment. This seal signifies their commitment to our mission.

CIDA City Campus

South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year degree boasting an 80% employment rate among graduates.

Meet Thobeka

Second year student business administration candidate. CIDA City Campus: “When I graduate next year I would like to start my own business in my hometown and create jobs – this will help with the growth of our beautiful country, my beloved South Africa.”

African Leadership Academy

Founded with the belief that ethical leadership and entrepreneurship is the key to sustainable development on the continent.

Meet Joseph

ALA graduate, studying medicine in the United States: “I hope to change the health system in my country of the Democratic Republic of Congo so that anyone, regardless of his or her ability to pay will be able to receive medical treatment.”

Botswana Top Achievers

Meet Patience

Top Achiever Scholar studying biomedical engineering in the United States: “I intend to use my communication skills, technical knowledge in biomedical engineering an medicine to create cutting edge medical devices to make life easier for the African population.”