In keeping with D.E.F.’s mission of supporting education initiatives that develop and empower youth in diamond producing countries and in global diamond communities where the industry does business, the organization looks to fund programs that have proven success in providing youth with high-quality education, including leadership development and entrepreneurial skills building.

African Leadership Academy

Also situated in Johannesburg, South Africa, African Leadership Academy (ALA) was founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to transforming the African continent by developing, connecting and supporting its future leaders. The only institution of its kind aimed at developing leaders for an entire continent, the Academy cultivates outstanding young people through a two-year world-class program that stresses leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies. D.E.F. supports all students from diamond producing countries.


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Botswana Top Achievers

Based in Gaborone, the Botswana Top Achievers Program was started in 2010 by Botswana’s Ministry of Education and Skills Development, in order to help students pursue careers that are of strategic importance in driving economic diversification in the country. College scholarships are given to deserving students in the fields of finance, business, engineering, medical health, ICT, and science. D.E.F. helps fund these scholarships.


To find out more about Botswana Top Achievers, visit

CIDA City Campus

CIDA City Campus, based in Johannesburg, is South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year business degree (BBA). Its business college is free to students in need, so they can empower themselves to contribute to Africa’s leadership and economic development while creating opportunities for others. The school has an 80% employment rate among graduates. D.E.F. funds tuition costs for students in the Business Administration and Information Technology programs.

“CIDA has opened our eyes to a new ways of thinking and supporting our young people in education. I am inspired by its extraordinary reach across our nation, and am proud to be associated with its vision.” – Nelson Mandela


Veerayatan is the first educational institution in India to receive funding from the Diamond Empowerment Fund. Veerayatan was chosen because of its innovative approach to education, which has made a difference in the quality of life of thousands of students. D.E.F. is thrilled to support the Veerayatan Colleges of Pharmacy, Engineering and Business Administration.

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