Here are updates on recent developments and project activity at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). Watch for more news and information as our projects advance and we continue to update our website. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe here to receive future issues.
A message from our CEO
Hello friends of CIRDI,
I’m excited to be sharing these updates with you as these last few months have been incredibly productive at CIRDI. Thanks to the efforts of our team, we’re seeing real progress on our projects and in establishing the Institute.
Our board has just approved the final version of our five-year strategic plan. Thanks to everyone who provided input to our developmental draft over the last few months. This is an important guiding document for our work and for the Institute’s long-term sustainability plan.
SUMM Ethiopia Project Launched
We welcomed Isabeau Vilandre as the director of the Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) project in Ethiopia. The inception phase of this $15-million, five-year project is nearing completion under Isabeau’s expert leadership. He is focused on opening CIRDI’s Addis Ababa office, building his team and completing the project implementation plan for approval by the Ministry of Mines.
Global Affairs Canada International Assistance Review (IAR)
CIRDI made a submission to the Global Affairs Canada IAR recommending that resource-led sustainable development be recognized as a vital opportunity for developing nations to lift their people out of poverty – and that Canadian expertise and the academic strengths of our universities can make an important contribution towards achieving the related sustainable development goals. Learn more.
This year we’ve had a major focus on building the capacity of our organization and the culture of CIRDI.
Together we developed a Team Charter that articulates the principles that guide our work.
New Partnerships and Learning Lead
Rob Stevens, director of partnerships and learning, is a new addition to our executive team. He has quickly added value with a portfolio of learning programs in development and partner outreach events planned for Toronto and Vancouver this fall.
CIRDI Board Member Appointed to Environment Assessment Review Panel
Congratulations to CIRDI board member, Doug Horswill for his appointment by the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, to a four-member expert panel that will review federal environmental assessment processes. Learn more.
Audits aren’t the catchiest news, but those of you who were with CIRDI through its early development might want to join us in celebrating our recent audit. Our external auditors, BDO Canada, identified no matters of concern and noted a significant improvement over the past two years. This reflects the hard work and discipline of our finance folks and the entire team.
Good progress on projects
I’ve been delighted to see our six major projects in Peru, West Africa, Ethiopia, Mongolia and Ecuador move into active implementation with strong performance measurement frameworks. See select project updates below and more in future newsletters. Learn more.
I’ll leave you with these words from our Strategic Plan:
At CIRDI we believe that resource-led sustainable development can foster strong, accountable and inclusive governance structures; drive diversified economies; support the integrated management of natural resources; and ultimately contribute to poverty alleviation.
Shrimp, bananas, gold – Top ASGM expert from Ecuador leads CIRDI project
How did a shrimp-loving aquaculture engineer become Ecuador’s leading academic expert in artisanal and small-scale gold mining? It began when Dr. Colón Velásquez discovered heavy metal contamination while studying water quality and shrimp harvesting in the rich mangrove ecosystem of the Gulf of Guayaquil. Learn more.
CIRDI facilitates international resource governance workshop in Mongolia
In May 2016, fifty international delegates gathered in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to discuss the state’s role in large resource projects. Facilitated by CIRDI and Mongolia’s International Cooperation Fund (ICF), the workshop enabled peer-to-peer learning on natural resource governance for countries in a similar developmental stage. Learn more.
Squamish Chief shares Indigenous perspective at resource governance workshop in Peru
Chief Ian Campbell spoke about global similarities in the relationships between Indigenous communities and the extractive resource sector at a workshop lead by the CIRDI Co-Laboratorio Perú project team from Simon Fraser University.
Gender in Mining – IGF Conference
October 24-28, 2016 in Geneva
The CIRDI-hosted panel will discuss gender in mining, from artisanal and small-scale to large industrial, and its connection to progress on Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).
Water, Mining and Communities – World Mining Congress
October 18-21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro
André Xavier, manager for CIRDI’s Integrated Water Resource Management project in Peru, will moderate this international panel. It will discuss leading practices, challenges and opportunities related to integrated water management and conflict reduction, and how the mining sector can support the transition to a more sustainable approach to water management.
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.