The Institute’s establishment and operating costs were initially supported by a $24.6M contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC, formerly DFATD) over five years (2013 – 2018). Of that original contribution, $10.3M was dedicated to the establishment of the Institute and $14.3M was earmarked for programming.

In early 2017, the Institute received approval from GAC for a one-year extension to July 2019, along with a budget reduction of 10 per cent in acknowledgment of a forecast shortfall in CIRDI’s in-kind contributions.

Of the programming funds, approximately $11M is allocated to five major projects, which are led by CIRDI founding-partner teams, as well as to CIRDI learning activities. Other funds were allocated to smaller projects already completed or in implementation.

Additional projects are supported through partnerships with other funders such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or new project-specific funding from Global Affairs Canada, such as the Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) in Ethiopia project.

We are deeply committed to the fundamental values of independence, transparency and accountability, both as a means to foster better development outcomes and to maintain the integrity of our work. In keeping with these values, we will not accept funding or engage in partnerships that seek to impose limits or restrictions on our independence in advice, training, research, findings, conclusions or resulting publications.

As we plan for our future growth beyond our initial funding from GAC, we are actively seeking new sources of funding and support that are aligned with our vision, mission and values. As we grow, we will continue to maintain our independence as a centre of expertise in natural resource led international development. We will not accept funding that imposes limits or restrictions on our independence in advice, training, research, findings, conclusions or resulting publications.

Since its inception, the institute has received funds from the following sources:


(As of June 20, 2017. In CAD unless otherwise noted.)

Project/Purpose Amount Funder Date
Amended Contribution Agreement $22,140,000 Global Affairs Canada May 24, 2013 – July 31, 2019
UNDP Conflict Project Extension $62,819 USD United Nations Development Programme March 5 – August 31, 2017
Operational Support and Outreach $5,000 Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia December 2016
Supporting the Ministry of Mines in Ethiopia (SUMM) $15,000,000 Global Affairs Canada April 17, 2016 – June 30, 2021
Needs Assessment for Mineral Audit Authority in Kenya $149,850 Global Affairs Canada May 21, 2015 – July 31, 2016
Operational Support $5,000 UBC Vice-President Research & International January 2016
Supporting Technical Training for Small-scale Gold Miners in Guyana $290,000 USD Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) December 10, 2014 – June 30, 2016
Mongolian Study Mission $2,500



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Operational Support $10,000 Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia November 2013


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