CIRDI uses a strategic approach to select the countries and regions where it prioritizes its work.
Narrowed geographic focus
Within a larger set of priority countries (see below), CIRDI has focused the majority of its resources in the following regions:
- West Africa (Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali)
- East Africa (Ethiopia)
- The Andean region of South America (Peru, Ecuador)
- Central Asia (Mongolia)
These regions present significant opportunities for CIRDI to have a positive long-term impact on extractive sector governance. They enable CIRDI to build on an already established network of collaborators and stakeholders and to leverage additional funding and in-kind support, ensuring sustained commitment to positive change.
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has identified countries of focus for its international development efforts based on their real needs and their capacity to benefit from development assistance. This approach aims to make Canada’s international assistance more focused, effective and accountable.
To the same end, CIRDI has prioritized 19 countries from the larger GAC list where the extractive sector represents more than five percent of GDP . Eighty per cent of CIRDI programming will target the following 19 countries:
Trinidad and Tobago
*Narrowed geographic focus countries.
NOTE: Twenty per cent of CIRDI’s project work may involve countries that are not included on this list but that align with CIRDI’s core program themes and activities.
Priority country criteria
Priority countries are identified by assessment against the following criteria:
- Government request for assistance.
- Political will to undertake collaborative/participatory approaches.
- Political commitment to transparency.
- Opportunity for a long-term relationship.
- Opportunity for profound impact (this may lead CIRDI to program more heavily in smaller countries with less complex bureaucracy and/or countries that are standard-setters in their regions).
- Government’s ability to pay and/or opportunity to attract donor funding for programming.
- Safety for CIRDI personnel, partners and contractors.
Priority country review
As part of overall strategic oversight, CIRDI’s advisory council and board will review the country/region prioritization regularly to give the Institute flexibility to re-rank countries as programming develops, networks expand and in-country political landscapes shift.
 Total Natural Resource Rents (oil, natural gas, coal, mineral, forest) – World Bank Data for 2013. http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.TOTL.RT.ZS