What is CIRDI?
The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is an independent international development institute, based in Canada, that represents a unique coalition between three universities: the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and École Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM).
What does CIRDI do?
CIRDI works to improve, in a measurable way, the ability of developing countries to manage and benefit from their natural resources in order to catalyze sustainable development and reduce poverty.
Does CIRDI exist to benefit mining companies?
CIRDI does not exist to benefit mining companies; it exists to benefit developing nations and their peoples. However CIRDI does include mining companies as a critical stakeholder in the engagement process. We believe that real change happens when all stakeholders are around the table; therefore mining companies, Canadian and others, are part of CIRDI’s inclusive stakeholder processes. If the industry is seen as part of the problem, it also needs to be part of the solution.
Is CIRDI an industry watchdog?
CIRDI does not police the extractive industry; that is not its mandate.
How does CIRDI benefit from its university partners and vice versa?
Through its coalition of three universities, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and École Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM), CIRDI is uniquely equipped to support developing countries that seek increased long-term, sustainable benefits from their extractive resources. CIRDI’s three coalition university partners:
- Share a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary problem-solving approach.
- Are objective, neutral conveners that value transparency, financial accountability and academic freedom.
- Mobilize international knowledge networks.
- Bring talent-rich resources in education, training and applied research, specifically in public policy, law, business, sustainability and mining.
CIRDI is a vehicle to mobilize the resources of the universities from the lab and lecture hall to communities in developing countries.
What is CIRDI’s relationship with civil society?
CIRDI includes communities and civil society in its multi-stakeholder process in order to support greater government accountability. We believe a strong, engaged and informed civil society is critical to ensure that resource-rich countries strengthen their policy and regulatory environments in order to develop and manage their resource extraction sector sustainably and effectively.
What is CIRDI’s relationship with the Government of Canada?
CIRDI is operationally independent and conforms to the same high standards of financial accountability, transparency and academic freedom that are upheld by our three university coalition partners. Its funding relationship with Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) is governed by a contribution agreement.
What is CIRDI’s relationship with international governments?
We engage with governments in developing countries at all levels – local, regional and national – to help build human and governance capacity. The goal is to equip people and governments to work effectively with their extractive sector to foster sustainable resource extraction that will benefit the country and its people.
How is CIRDI funded?
The Institute’s establishment and initial operating costs are supported by a $24.6M contribution from Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) over five years (2013 – 2018). The Institute aims to be self-sustaining within five years through expanded service offerings. More details.