Research

Community Benefit Agreements: Systematic Literature Review [1990-2020] – Preliminary Findings Report

Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are an emerging form of contractual relations between natural resource development companies (proponents) and the local communities that host them. In some cases, the state also […]

Policy Brief: A Guide for Governments on the Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM)

The Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM) is a publicly available set of disclosures on local procurement which aims to guide information-sharing for mine sites on their policies, programmes, and results […]

Estimation of the Ecological and Human Health Risk of Mercury in a Mangrove Area of the La Puntilla Estuary, El Oro, Ecuador

Abstract: Present study focused on the evaluation of total mercury concentration and the estimation of ecological risk (Er), the ecological risk index (IR); and the toxic risk or hazard quotient […]

Women Mine-rock Waste Collectors in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Ecuador: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: We conducted an exploratory study of the nature of women mine-rock waste collectors’ (WWC) activities and analysed their working conditions managing mine waste rock in Ponce Enríquez, Ecuador. A […]

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Mapping the South African Ecosystem

The Government of South Africa is contemplating policy reforms that will advance its transformation agenda in the mining sector. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) is recognised as a potential pathway […]

Policy Brief: Standardized Reporting on Mining Local Procurement: Why Civil Society Organizations Should Promote the Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM)

The Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM) is a publicly available set of disclosures on local procurement which aims to guide information-sharing for mine sites on their policies, programmes, and results […]

Policy Brief: A Guide for Consultants: Using the Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism in Sustainability Reporting

The Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism (LPRM) is a publicly available set of disclosures on local procurement which aims to guide information-sharing for mine sites on their policies, programmes, and […]

Indigenous Forest Governance: Challenges, Enabling Conditions, and Factors for Success

Land holds sacred and spiritual importance to Indigenous communities (Gebara 2018). A central aspiration of many Indigenous peoples worldwide is to have an effective voice regarding any decisions made that […]

Assessing Drivers for “Formalization Readiness” in ASM Communities in Kenya: Understanding the Role of Cooperatives

This study came at the request of the Kenyan State Department of Mining. Given the emphasis on ASM cooperatives in supporting the formalization process within national and county government policy, […]

Access to Finance for Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners: Imagining Alternatives and Creating Opportunities

USE-CASE #1: Downstream Buyer Support For Women Miners in Indonesia   In this series, CIRDI is working with our global partner mix to highlight models for tackling a critical problem […]

TRANSMAPE. Community Engagement for the Transformation of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining and Social Learning

Concepts and Lessons from the Transmape Project in Ecuador This project report provides a general account of the completed activities and deliverables achieved in the CIRDI TransMAPE-Ecuador project, “Education for […]

Natural Gas Extraction and Community Development in Tanzania: Documenting the Gaps Between Rhetoric and Reality

The Tanzanian government recently adopted new legislation to reform its oil and gas sector, for the purpose of safeguarding its interests and serving the developmental aspirations of its ordinary citizens. […]

Gender Analysis and Impact Assessment: Canadian and International Experiences

Gender analysis is an analytical process which identifies and mitigates the differential impacts of policies and programmes on diverse groups of people. Through more inclusive decision-making processes, gender analysis can […]

Participatory Environmental Monitoring Committees in Mining Contexts

The report entitled “Participatory Environmental Monitoring Committees in Mining Contexts: Lessons from Nine Case Studies in Four Latin American Countries” [Comités de Monitoreo Ambiental Participativo en Contextos Mineros: Lecciones a […]

Improved Resource Governance Through Transparency: Evidence from Mongolia

  Transparency and accountability initiatives have emerged as a potential solution to combat corruption and increase public benefits from the extractive sector in resource-abundant countries. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative […]

Mining Community Benefits In Ghana: a Case Of Unrealized Potential

This project is designed to examine the overall benefits of mining to local communities in Ghana through the lens of community benefits agreements (CBAs) in order to make policy recommendations […]

The Rise in Conflict Associated with Mining Operations: What Lies Beneath? Full Report

This study explores the nature and root causes of mining-related conflict. A more systematic understanding of conflict can help all stakeholders to apply preventive rather than reactive measures, and to […]

The Role of Host Governments in Enabling or Preventing Conflict Associated with Mining – Abridged version

This study is the second phase (Phase 2) of an ongoing research project to improve understanding about the rise in conflict associated with mining operations around the world, particularly in […]

What Participation? Distinguishing Water Monitoring Programs in Mining Regions Based on Community Participation

Water issues are a major concern for the mining sector and for communities living near mining operations. Water-related conflicts can damage a firm’s social license to operate while violent conflicts […]

Implementing the Ahafo Benefit Agreements: Seeking Meaningful Community Participation at Newmont’s Ahafo Gold Mine in Ghana

In 2008, ten communities in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana entered into agreements with Newmont Ghana to govern company-community relations, ensure local job creation, and share the benefits of […]