CIRDI Newsletter January 2016

Happy New Year! Here are updates on recent developments and project activity at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). Watch for more news and information as our projects advance and we continue to update our website. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe here to receive future issues.

Meet our new CEO

Hello friends of CIRDI:

Since taking on the role of CEO in October 2015, I have met and learned from many of you through my travels – to the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining (IGF) in Geneva (where CIRDI led an IGF Primer for new members) and to meetings closer to home in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa.

As well, I observed the Solutions Plenary session of the Miners, Minerals and Minamata roundtable at the University of British Columbia and learned more about one of CIRDI’s major project areas: reducing mercury use in artisanal and small-scale mining.

It’s been a fascinating introduction to CIRDI and I’ve been impressed with the dedication of those of you who founded the Institute. There have been growing pains in the first couple of years, but my outreach has confirmed the importance of CIRDI’s work and the demand for our services. I also have come to see that the true value of CIRDI is harnessing the broad range of Canadian expertise in natural resources governance within our universities, governments, civil society and industry.  There is enormous potential for us to leverage this expertise to increase the impact of our programming. I’m excited about deepening our partnerships in Canada and internationally and I look forward to working together to make a positive difference in 2016.




Read a Q&A with Cassie.

CIRDI program themes and activities

In 2015, the CIRDI board and management team, with input from the CIRDI advisory council and other stakeholders, led a strategic planning process that resulted in realignment of CIRDI’s program themes, core activities and priority countries. Learn more.

Peru Collaboratory Women Leaders’ Circle

CIRDI projects

Of our active projects, five are multi-year projects led by CIRDI coalition teams. These projects run to March 2018 and, with our learning programs, represent the majority allocation of program funding from CIRDI’s original contribution agreement with Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD). With these projects, CIRDI concentrates its resources, effort and results on a narrowed geographic focus that includes West Africa, the Andean region of South America and Central Asia (Mongolia). The five projects include:

  • Governance strengthening program of the extractive sector in West Africa
  • Integrated management and governance in extractives (IMAGinE) Mongolia
  • Transformation of artisanal and small-scale mining in Ecuador and Colombia
  • Strengthening collaborative practice and enhancing the role of universities as development partners for inclusive growth in Peru
  • Education and research for integrated water resource management in Peru

In addition, other projects are funded through new partnerships with international aid agencies such as GIZ, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or Global Affairs Canada. Read about projects in Kenya, Guyana and Ethiopia below. Learn more about active CIRDI projects.

Small-scale miner with mercury-gold amalgam ball

Kenya Mineral Audit delivered

CIRDI’s technical team conducted a needs assessment and created an action plan for the possible creation of a mineral audit unit for the Government of Kenya. Read more.


Inter-American Development Bank funds ASM training in Guyana – Project update

CIRDI’s consulting services provide technical skills training in Guyana’s labour force to foster greener, more sustainable gold mining practices. Read more.


Rise in conflict between mining companies & communities

CIRDI is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of academics and professionals to conduct a three-fold approach to conflict-in-mining research. Read more.


Opportunities with CIRDI in Ethiopia

CIRDI is in advanced planning for a five-year, $15 million project: Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) in Ethiopia. The project team seeks a project director based in Addis and several specialists; application deadline is January 15, 2016. Please share these opportunities with your network. Learn more.

Opportunities with IMAGinE Mongolia project

The Integrated management and governance in extractives (IMAGinE) Mongolia project seeks a graduate student for research on extractives and landlocked developing countries; closing date is January 15, 2016. Please share this opportunity with your network. Learn more.

All the best for a happy, healthy, rewarding 2016 from all of us at CIRDI

Our mission:

To improve the ability of developing countries to manage and benefit from their extractive sectors in order to catalyze sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty.

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