CIRDI’s project selection process
In its early development, CIRDI supported small, short-term projects that allowed it to explore and develop approaches, teams and partners. Now in its third year, the Institute has moved to a more strategic approach.
Although CIRDI will continue to learn and adjust as it grows, the Institute now focuses its resources and efforts in a few, multi-year projects with a tight geographic focus that allows CIRDI to concentrate its impact. These projects align with CIRDI’s three program themes and deliver targeted support through its four core activities.
Five of these projects are coalition-led and are funded by the original seed financing from Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD). Other projects are funded through new partnerships with other agencies such as the Inter America Development Bank (IDB).
How CIRDI selects projects
In keeping with country-level and regional priorities, and coordinated with input from the advisory council and strategic partners, CIRDI makes project selection decisions based on criteria such as:
- Government request for assistance/demand-driven.
- Local ownership (interest/political will beyond the specific requester, e.g. other local institutions will contribute time/money/facilities).
- Potential for profound impact (possibility to catalyze other systems of change; includes potential for scalability or replication).
- Potential for innovation.
- Potential for sustainability (local capacity building; an institution will be responsible to maintain outcomes once the project is over).
- Achievability (outcomes are achievable given the context, budget, duration and human resources available to CIRDI).
- Availability of funding.
- CIRDI is in a position to make a unique offering (through its university coalition members, strategic partners and/or expert roster).
How the coalition-led multi-year projects were selected
In spring 2015 CIRDI began a process to identify priority programs and allocate programming funding through to the end of its initial Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs. Six coalition-led multi-year project proposals were developed from smaller exploratory projects and submitted in August for peer review.
Independent reviewers assessed the projects against 18 criteria. The reviewers included experts from international development organizations, academic institutions, NGOs, mining companies, government and business.
In addition, CIRDI management reviewed the proposals against 12 additional strategic criteria. Next the reviews were compiled, analyzed and presented to the board along with a number of program funding scenarios. Ultimately all six projects were approved for funding (although one of the six is now on hold). Learn more about the projects.
How the funding works
Of the $14.3M available for programming from the original $24.6M Global Affairs Contribution Agreement, approximately $10M is allocated to these five projects as well as to CIRDI learning activities such as the Scholars and Fellows Program and the Summer Institute on Resource Governance. Other funds are allocated to smaller projects already completed or in implementation.
Additional projects are funded through partnerships with such international aid organizations as the GIZ, Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.
In the future, CIRDI will continue to work with a variety of experts and funding partners to design and deliver projects that improve the ability of developing countries to manage and benefit from their extractive resources sectors in order to catalyze sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. Please follow our website for news of new CIRDI strategic initiatives and projects.