Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) Ethiopia



Focus Area

Public sector capacity and governance




Cecilia Gruber

sustainable development goals


$15 M


Global Affairs Canada

Who Benefits


Officials and staff of the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoMPNG)

Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE)


Stakeholders including men and women, community members, artisanal miners


The citizens of Ethiopia

Delivery Partners

MoMPNG, including several directorates and regional offices


The Challenge

Although Ethiopia has a rich endowment of mineral resources including gold, gemstones and industrial minerals, its mining sector is still in the early stages. If developed in a sustainable and transparent manner, Ethiopia’s resource wealth has the potential to help lift its people out of poverty.

CIRDI's Approach

CIRDI and the senior leadership of the MoMPNG and Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) worked closely during the inception phase to ensure that the project’s objectives and outcomes are aligned with the Government of Ethiopia’s priorities and policies, particularly the Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II), as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Mining Vision.

The SUMM project methodology has five key interrelated concepts:

  • Capacity development
  • Enhanced competitiveness
  • Enhanced responsiveness
  • Partnerships
  • Sustainability

Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, inclusive development and environmental management are embedded into all implementation approaches and strategies. See the SUMM project methodology conceptual diagram.

Project Details

Launched in April 2016, the SUMM Ethiopia project is a five-year, $15 million project funded by Global Affairs Canada. The project is designed to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoMPNG) at operational and strategic levels. The project’s overall objectives are to improve resource governance and support the long-term management of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.

SUMM will strengthen human and technical capacity in the MoMPNG to:

  • Establish a consistent, predictable and transparent licensing system
  • Develop inclusive stakeholder-responsive frameworks, structures and processes
  • Provide world-class geoscience information and promote priority industrial minerals services
  • Enhance project management to support collaboration, monitoring and coordination of resources for sustainable results

Cross-cutting Themes


The SUMM Gender Equality Strategy (GES) aims to develop gender competency, accountability and commitment by:

  • Establishing a gender equality working group
  • Addressing priority gender needs including Ministry capacity gaps
  • Including gender in key activities and processes such as:
    • Policy and legal review
    • Guidelines, strategies and procedures
    • Multi-stakeholder dialogues and forums


The SUMM Community Development and Environmental Management Strategy (CDEMS) supports inclusivity, accountability and transparency in minerals sector governance with five main goals:

  • Best practice in governance of community development and environmental management
  • Inclusive participation and engagement
  • Effective risk mitigation
  • Inclusive development policies and processes that directly target poor people and are aimed at reducing poverty
  • Support for the Sustainable Development Goals


Governance capacity development is integrated throughout the SUMM project. It is focused on improving efficiency, transparency, accessibility and accountability in the management of the extractive mineral sector to support the growth of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.

Results to Date

Project director, Isabeau Vilandre has established an office in Addis Ababa with the support of the Ministry and is building a project team. In collaboration with the Ministry, CIRDI drafted the five-year Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and the first annual work plan. In November 2016, both plans were approved by the Project Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives from the MoMPNG, Global Affairs Canada and CIRDI.

The project now officially moves into implementation after a period of intensive consultation and collaboration amongst the partners. First priorities include needs assessments to identify gaps and inform the development of customized training programs to build and streamline processes and procedures and enhance individual and institutional capacity.

Intended Impact

  • More effective and proactive licensing and administration (management, monitoring and auditing) of mineral licenses including environment, social and gender issues
  • Improved management, and coordination of human resources of the MoMPNG and GSE at the national and regional level including environment, social and gender issues
  • Increased use and relevance of geoscience information to support mineral exploration and beneficiation


The SUMM project benefits from the participation of expert contractors to supplement the expertise of our team:

  • Dave Lefebure
  • Jeff Clark
  • John Samulski
  • Jocelyn Fraser
  • Shashi Enarth
  • Farah Kashaf

project team


updates and news

SUMM: Ethiopia’s Mining Council Consultations with Stakeholders on the Draft Mining Policy

On March 18-19, 2019, the Ethiopian Mining Council met with a wide range of stakeholders to provide feedback during a consultative meeting on the draft Mining Policy. The consultative meeting, […]

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Exchanging knowledge with the Geological Survey of Ethiopia

In April 2018, Dr. Dave Lefebure, Geosciences Specialist for CIRDI’s Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) project, travelled to the Omo region in southwest Ethiopia where he co-led a five-day […]

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