CIRDI is an independent centre of expertise in natural resource-led sustainable development, founded by three leading Canadian universities.
We draw on a wealth of Canadian expertise, the academic rigour of our university roots and the technical know-how of our global partner mix, to provide customized, leading-practice advice, technical support, training and applied research – with the ultimate goal of poverty reduction.
When managed responsibly, resource industries can drive economic growth, generate jobs and be an important source of revenue for developing countries.
We respond to requests from developing country governments that seek to strengthen their capacity to manage their natural resources for the benefit of their people. We collaborate with our in-country partners to design and deliver projects that address the priorities and needs of their country and communities.
Our academic and operational independence enables us to act as a neutral convener in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Environmental sustainability, human rights, especially the needs of women and children, and Indigenous rights are values that guide our programs.