Integrated Management and Governance in Extractives (IMAGinE) Mongolia
Mongolia has a small population in a large, ruggedly beautiful land-locked country that is rich in mineral resources. Many Mongolians live in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, while others continue to engage in mobile pastoralism. Minerals represent 80 per cent of Mongolia’s exports and the government continues to prioritize resource sector development. If managed responsibly, Mongolia’s burgeoning mineral resource sector has the potential to reduce poverty and improve the standard of living for the country’s 3 million people.
The IMAGinE Mongolia project has three components. Click on each tab below to learn more.
Integrated Mineral Resources Initiative
Provincial and local administrations in Mongolia are increasingly mandated to participate in the management of extractive resources. However, governments at these levels often lack the capacity to effectively disburse revenues, engage communities and negotiate with mining companies.
CIRDI’s IMAGinE Mongolia project is collaborating with Germany’s development assistance agency, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on their Integrated Mineral Resources Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to strengthen capacity in the development and governance of the extractive sector in four Mongolian provinces. CIRDI will contribute technical expertise on mining and develop a public education program about basics of the extractive sector. This multi-pronged approach includes:
- Training for provincial and local administration in integrated resource management.
- Mine life-cycle workshops about the extractive industries delivered to government officials and other relevant stakeholders.
- Research to support greater regional understanding and cooperation for resource governance.
Mongolian International Cooperation Fund
The Mongolian government has created the International Cooperation Fund (ICF) as a vehicle to share its experiences of democracy, human rights and market economy with other developing countries and emerging democracies. CIRDI is engaged in the development of an agenda of activities focused on resource governance with the ICF that targets countries such as Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar.
International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries
The International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) has recently been created by the United Nations in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. CIRDI will collaborate with the Think Tank to develop a program of applied research, policy advice and knowledge exchange focused on the extractive sector for LLDCs.
Watch this page to learn more as the IMAGinE Mongolia project evolves and we continue to develop and formalize program specifics with our partners.
$1,000,000 (660K CAD + 250 Euro)
Local government administration in Bayankhongor, Uvurkhangai, Selenge and Uvs; the Mongolian public.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University.
Global Affairs Canada
Fiscal & regulatory governance (40%)
Integrated resource management (55%)
Livelihoods & employment (5%)
Deliver advisory services (5%)
Apply research (20%)
Educate & train (70%)
Some of the IMAGinE Mongolia project members share their research and analyses of contemporary Mongolia on the Mongolia Focus blog. They also occasionally write about personal observations, context analyses, and experiences with the project.
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Marie-Luise Ermisch, PhD