Our Unique Offering

CIRDI is an independent centre of expertise in natural resource governance, founded by three leading Canadian universities and housed at the UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

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 partnering 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.

CIRDI’s Service Offering:

CIRDI’s extractive sector transparency and accountability service offering includes support for applied research, training and capacity building, and comprehensive public administration reform. In line with CIRDI’s institutional commitments to gender equality, this service offering is also geared towards advancing equal access to technical and vocational training, improving gender competence in public institutions, and ensuring the meaningful participation of women in natural resource governance.


Being part of a public university, CIRDI recognizes the value of academic engagement with “communities of practice” as a critical strategy to ensure that new knowledge informs decisionmaking and innovation in resource governance. CIRDI creates pathways for academics to partner with stakeholders in order to bridge the gap between research and resource governance practices in ways that enhance transparency and accountability.


CIRDI offers a suite of robust, pedagogically-grounded and innovative short-courses and workshops on topics related to extractive sector transparency, including data transparency and disclosure; beneficial ownership; tax systems; social impact and gender equality. CIRDI also maintains a database of approximately 150 mining-related training courses that allows us to access and create customized and needs responsive education material.


CIRDI’s in-house methodology for public administration reform is founded on three mutually reinforcing principles: National Ownership; Partnership and Inclusion; and Local Technical Capacity. The approach is applied through comprehensive gap analysis and institutional coordination at all scales of governance to address identified gaps. Transparency and accountability measures to support enhanced disclosures and evidence-based decision-making on resource governance issues are emphasized throughout the reform process.