Integrated Management and Governance in Extractives (IMAGinE) Mongolia



Focus Area

Public sector capacity and governance



sustainable development goals


$310,597 CAD


Global Affairs Canada

Who Benefits


Civil society


Delegates from target International Cooperation Fund countries


Mongolian national government

Delivery Partners

Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Natural Resource Governance Institute (Mongolia and Myanmar offices)

University of Central Asia

Oslo Center

Mining Policy Group LLC

Centerra Gold

The Challenge

For resource-rich developing countries, effective natural resource governance is crucial for economic development and poverty alleviation. During the most recent commodity boom and bust, Mongolia continuously reformed its governance structures, seeking to increase the efficiency of its mining operations. Today Mongolia has a mix of socialist-style state-owned enterprises, contemporary equity ownership models and production-sharing agreements. Mongolians are learning from past policy decisions and developing solutions to strengthen their resource governance practices. They are also sharing knowledge with regional stakeholders from similar economies to foster peer-to-peer learning around good extractive sector governance.


CIRDI’s Approach

Peer-to-peer learning plays an important role in knowledge mobilization and in sharing real experience by creating learning opportunities between countries at similar stages of resource development. Given its academic affiliations, CIRDI is in a unique position to offer a neutral forum for learning and the exchange of ideas. The emphasis on international peer-to-peer learning helps to defuse partisanship, enabling richer discussion on otherwise politicized topics. Participants seek to teach and share, rather than defend. This workshop series mobilizes domestic and international knowledge, creates new connections between stakeholders, and encourages transparency in discussions on resource governance.

Project Details

CIRDI and the International Cooperation Fund (ICF) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia are collaborating on a three-part workshop series focused on sharing Mongolia’s experiences in natural resource governance and management with other newly democratized countries with resource-based economies. This series aims to strengthen resource governance in Mongolia and ICF target countries by building a network of Mongolian stakeholders engaged in resource governance dialogue, and creating peer-to-peer learning and partnership opportunities among Mongolian and ICF target country decision-makers. Ultimately, this projects seeks to enhance the capacity of Mongolians and other project participants to improve their country’s governance and management policies and practices to better utilize their extractive sector in order to stimulate sustainable economic growth, reduce poverty, improve gender equity and safeguard their environment.

Cross-cutting themes


  • Organizers are ensuring female representation as workshop participants and panelists and are maintaining gender-disaggregated data on workshop participation. Women’s participation in the workshop promotes equitable access to information and resources, which increases women’s capacity for decision-making.


  • Equipping government, industry and civil society decision-makers with enhanced knowledge on the state’s role in resource governance will lead to enhanced environmental stewardship by improving government practices for sustainable mining.


  • This workshop series aims to strengthen the capacity of Mongolian government officials and other stakeholders to improve governance practices for the sustainable development of the mining sector.

Results to Date

  • The first two workshops were held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in May 2016 and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic in November 2016. They included mine site visits for select participants to Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and Kumtor in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • In Ulaanabaatar, 54 people participated (18.5% female), in the Kyrgyz Republic, 61 people participated (44% female).
  • Organizers continuously seek to promote multi-stakeholder dialogue by including representatives from government, industry, civil society and academia. Past participants hailed from Mongolia, Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Myanmar and Timor Leste.

Intended Impact

Through increased access to information and knowledge of leading global resource governance practices, this workshop series aims to strengthen the capacity of Mongolian and ICF target country mining sector stakeholders to improve governance practices for the sustainable development of the mining sector.

project team


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