Through strategic outreach and partnerships, CIRDI’s IMAGinE Mongolia project and the International Cooperation Fund (ICF) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia has facilitated three structured international peer-to-peer learning workshops between governments, civil society and development partners on the role of the mining industry in national sustainable development strategies. Of particular focus is increased coordination and collaboration between ICF target countries, which face many of the same challenges in developing sustainable natural resource economies that contribute to poverty alleviation.
In May 2016, 50 international delegates gathered in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to discuss the state’s role in large resource projects. This first of three workshops enabled peer-to-peer learning on natural resource governance for countries in a similar developmental stage.
In November 2016, the second workshop was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Over 60 delegates from Mongolia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Myanmar and Timor-Leste gathered to share knowledge on the state’s role in natural resource governance. All are emerging democracies, all are resource rich and all are looking for the right balance of state involvement in managing their resource endowment.
The final workshop, held in Mongolia in June 2017, brought together young professionals from Mongolia and ICF target countries to learn, share and collaborate through an interactive, hands-on learning environment, which addressed current policy challenges and provided mentorship and support from international and local experts in natural resource governance. Learn more. CIRDI Fellow’s Perspective.