Co-Laboratorio Perú



Focus Area

Communities and Sharing Benefits



sustainable development goals


$1,236,156 CAN


Global Affairs Canada

Who Benefits

Servicio Nacional de Certificación Ambiental para las Inversiones Sostenibles (SENACE)

Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables (MIMP)

Stakeholders and citizens of Arequipa

(Government officials, community leaders, youth, students, faculty members, entrepreneurs, women and Indigenous groups)

Delivery Partners

Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Ministerio del Ambiente (MINAM)

Ministerio de Energía y Minas (MINEM)

Servicio Nacional de Certificación Ambiental para las Inversiones Sostenibles (SENACE)

El Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables (MIMP)

Universidad Católica San Pablo (UCSP),

Universidad del Pacífico


The Challenge

In 2015 mining accounted for 54 per cent of Peru’s exports making the resource sector a major contributor to the country’s national economic growth. Despite this, the contribution of mining to socio-economic development and livelihoods, particularly in the mineral-rich yet poor Andean highland regions, remains unrealized. These regions continue to be beset by poverty and high levels of mining-related conflict. Some of the underlying causes are historic exclusion of various groups (Indigenous peoples, women, youth); limited capacity and presence of government as an actor at subnational levels; lack of public participation in environmental assessment processes and planning of resource extraction; uncoordinated projects and narrow CSR approaches among corporate actors. These factors underscore the systemic challenge for effective resource governance in Peru.


  • CIRDI Co-Lab Peru strengthens the innovation and collaboration capacity among system stakeholders – universities, civil society, industry, government, women and youth – for more inclusive and resilient solutions in governance, policies, processes and practice.
  • Co-Lab Peru supports inclusive sustainable development from natural resources through advancing cross-sector and inter-agency learning, planning, governance and practices. The project accomplishes this by working collaboratively with stakeholders, and embedding our activities in local universities.

Project Details

The Co-Lab Peru project has three themes:

  1. Inclusive Collaborative Governance

Advancing more collaborative, inter-agency and participatory approaches to equitable governance, planning and practices, with a particular focus on impact benefit agreements, industry CSR practices, public participation in environmental impact assessments, and inclusion of women in decision-making.

  1. Inclusive Economy

Fostering and testing innovative solutions for inclusive economic activities and sustainable livelihoods, with a focus on women, youth and indigenous peoples. Co-Lab Peru supports opportunities directly related to natural resources as well as economic diversification, to create more sustainable legacies from mining including inclusive business ecosystems and local enterprise development.

  1. Inclusive Universities

Working with local Peruvian universities for more engaged development work, research and partnerships. Co-Lab Peru fosters inclusiveness through innovative experiential- and community-based learning, and collaborative research that connects the universities and students with the challenges faced by the communities they serve.

Cross-cutting Themes


  • Emphasizes women’s concerns and perspectives in mining contexts, such as gender-based violence, women’s rights and women’s participation in decision-making. Develops women leaders’ capacities to address social, economic, and environmental challenges.


  • Improves governance and implementation of environmental impact assessment in collaboration with SENACE, the newly constituted public agency of the Peruvian Ministry of Environment.


  • Examines rights-based issues affecting Peru’s resource sector including biodiversity, traditional knowledge, and industry practices around human rights assessment. Training programs and action areas are inclusive of community stakeholders, sensitive to vulnerable populations and focused on the rights of communities to secure the future that they desire.

Results to Date

To-date, over 250 stakeholders (60 government officials) have engaged in Co-Lab programming with an approximate 50/50 gender split (women/men) for all Peru Co-Lab activities. Cross-sector planning groups and design-sessions have resulted in:

  • Commitments by stakeholders to engage in Co-Lab projects and interventions, and contribute to an online platform
  • Identification of themes and needs assessment for leadership and governance
  • Designed and secured commitment of UCSP for the establishment of Change Lab program in Arequipa
  • Enhanced strategic planning capacity of women leaders and identified leadership capacity needs
  • Supported local researchers in identification of areas to initiate collaborative research to enhance mining industry practices and policies for contribution to sustainable development
  • Participation of 50 per cent or higher of women has been achieved at all Co-Lab events and as part of all project planning and research teams.

Intended Impact

  • University partners and stakeholders in Arequipa have increased awareness and knowledge of campus-community engagement and problem-based experiential learning.
  • Information gathered from agency working sessions has directly informed the development of the Digital Innovation for Shared Governance interventions and evaluation to maximize impact and community participation.
  • Awareness of the use of technology in the design and application of EIAs is increased to improve inclusion of vulnerable populations in protecting key environmental resources in their communities.
  • Capacity, knowledge, ability and awareness around established research approaches with Peruvian collaborators is increased through on-going collaboration, fellowships and a CIRDI scholar.

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