The Relationship Between Local Procurement Strategies of Mining Companies and Their Regulatory Environments: A Comparison of South Africa and Namibia
Published: February 2017
This project examines the local procurement regulatory frameworks of South Africa and Namibia and the extent to which the local procurement strategies of the mining companies that operate within those countries align with and are affected by these frameworks. Research also identified common factors that influence mining companies as they create local procurement strategies.
Read the report here.
Published: January 2017
This study explores the nature and root causes of mining related conflict. A more systematic understanding of conflict can help all stakeholders to apply preventive rather than reactive measures, and to improve approaches to conflict prevention, management, mitigation and transformation. The study was authored by a team of specialists in this field: Tony Andrews, Bernarda Elizalde, Philippe LeBillon, Chang Hoon Oh, David Reyes and Ian Thomson.
Read the report here.
CIRDI Strategic Plan
Published: September 2016
In the spring of 2016 the CIRDI team began a strategic planning process to lay the foundation for the future growth of the Institute. We sought input to our early developmental draft and are grateful to everyone who responded. Their suggestions and advice helped to strengthen our final plan, which is an important guiding document for our daily work and for building the Institute’s long-term sustainability.
Read the CIRDI Strategic Plan 2016-2021 September 2016
Better Lives Through Sustainable Natural Resource Governance: CIRDI’s response to Canada’s International Assistance Review
Published: August 2016
In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a review and public consultations process focused on renewing Canada’s international assistance policy, programming and funding framework. CIRDI submitted a response, Better Lives Through Sustainable Natural Resource Governance.
For our three recommendations and to see the full report.
1. Recognize the role of sustainable natural resource management and governance as a vital opportunity for developing countries to lift their citizens out of poverty, and share Canadian expertise and experience to help make this happen.
2.Capitalize on the deep and broad expertise in Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions to strengthen Canada’s resource governance support to developing countries.
3.Promote innovative approaches to development based on real partnerships, the generation and sharing of foundational knowledge and leading-edge research.
Responding to the commodity bust: Downturns, policies and poverty in extractive sector dependent countries
Published: December 2015
The decline in prices experienced by most extractive commodities since 2011 has strained the economy and public finances of most resource-dependent countries, with implications for poverty reduction. This paper reviews recent studies on commodity cycles and their impacts on the poor in resource exporting countries. It assesses the relative vulnerability of extractive sector dependent countries to the current downturn and discusses policy options to reduce this vulnerability, including through countercyclical and extractive sector specific policies.
Extractive industries and poverty: A review of recent findings and linkage mechanisms
Published: December 2014
This paper surveys 52 empirical studies on relationships between extractive industries and poverty, addressing both poverty impacts and possible linkage mechanisms. Distinguishing these studies by type of resource extraction, the authors find industrial mining to be more frequently associated with poverty exacerbation and artisanal mining with poverty reduction. A review of 13 specific linkages between extractive industries and poverty highlights the importance of governance institutions and the limited effects of corporate social responsibility activities.
Reporting to Global Affairs Canada
Year End Report 2015-2016
In compliance with our Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) CIRDI submits an annual report that provides performance information for the last twelve months. Here is our Year End Report with appendices A-D and E-H.
Annual Work Plan
This Annual Work Plan, submitted to Global Affairs Canada, outlines CIRDI’s project work and activities for fiscal year 2016-2017.