Meet CIRDI Research Fellow, Delgermaa Boldbaatar

CIRDI research fellow, Delgermaa Boldbaatar

Delgermaa Boldbaatar (MPA Candidate, BBA) is a communications officer for the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Secretariat in Mongolia. She has worked in the extractive sector for seven years, specializing in promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue and increasing public awareness of extractive governance including transparency, policy framework, licensing and contracting, and revenue collection and re-allocation. She is a recipient of a CIRDI fellowship at UBC and is conducting research on integrated resource management and community engagement.

 In June 2017 Delgermaa attended a CIRDI-facilitated capacity-building workshop for young professionals in Mongolia that focused on the state’s role in resource governance.

Here are her reflections on the experience:

Mongolian young professionals are shining

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to participate in a CIRDI-facilitated capacity-building workshop named, “The State’s Role in Resource Governance”, which targeted young professionals. While the subject is clearly of importance for a resource-rich country like Mongolia, my expectation of the training was initially skeptical because too often it’s the same people, in the same room, discussing the same things.

Mongolian young professionals visit illegal pits of Nalaikh mine site in CIRDI-sponsored workshop: State’s Role in Resource Governance © CIRDI

Interestingly, from the moment I entered the bus, I felt a completely different atmosphere because I couldn’t recognize anyone – and that left me feeling a little panicked! The participants were all young professionals – people I hadn’t met yet – from Mongolia, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.

During the workshop we visited various large-scale coal mine sites in Mongolia, including Nalaikh, Tavan Tolgoi Erdenes Mongol LLC and Energy Resources LLC, in order to examine best and worst practices and witness operational mines first hand. From local and international experts we received classroom lessons and engaged in group exercises about how Canadian and Mongolian governments deal with local content through community development agreements.

I noticed how the combination of effective training design and sensitive participant targeting can work together to create a successful experience. The participating young professionals were vigorous, like “shining diamonds,” and kept the training alive and dynamic for a whole five days.

Participants were happy with the output of the training, as it provided us with the opportunity to understand mining complexity at the source, to raise meaningful questions from different points of view and to define new research ideas that require deep thought.

As a result of this training, I narrowed my research idea for my CIRDI fellowship – either to focus more on how mining supports local benefits or on measuring the social and economic impact of contract transparency. I am now following up on these ideas here in beautiful “Vancouver”!

Thank you CIRDI team.

To learn more, read Delgermaa’s guest post on the Mongolia Focus Blog.

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