Access to Finance for Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners: Imagining Alternatives and Creating Opportunities – USE-CASE #2

USE CASE #2: A Government-backed Credit Scheme for Miners in Rwanda   In this series, CIRDI is working with our global partner mix to highlight models for tackling a critical […]

Highlights from the “ASM in South Africa: Promoting Livelihoods through Governance Reform and Formalization” Virtual Roundtable

On October 14, The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) was pleased to host a roundtable discussion on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) in South Africa: Promoting Livelihoods through […]

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 […]

UNEA’s Resolution on Sustainable Mineral Resource Governance: Reflections from CIRDI’s COO Jaime Webbe on Two Pressing Mineral Resource Governance Issues

In March 2019 the world’s environmental decision-making body, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), adopted a resolution on sustainable mineral resource governance. The resolution touches on many key environmental issues […]

Governance and Technical Rapid Response Intervention for the Community Tailing Facility “El Tablón”

The “El Tablón” community tailings facility (CTFET) in Ecuador was designed to mitigate the environmental impacts of the tailings produced in the Zaruma-Portovelo mining district. Unfortunately, the lack of effective […]

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 […]

Op-Ed: Strengthening the Reins on Sustainable ASM Financing

“…access to formal, private finance is key to establishing responsible and economically viable ASGM enterprises, to create a long-term, sustainable sector that realizes its full development potential…” PlanetGold (August, 2020) […]

Celebrating Our Achievements: CIRDI’s Year in Review 2019/20 Launched

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute is pleased to announce the release of its Year in Review, highlighting the Institute’s biggest achievements and initiatives from 2019-2020. This Year in […]

A Year in Review 2019/20

  Learn more about UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) in our 2019/20 Year in Review. This Year in Review offers a snapshot of our collective pursuits as […]

WEBINAR: Canada-Africa Leadership: Natural Resource Development for Stronger Communities

On 26 August the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business organized a webinar to profile the vital role of Canadian natural resource companies in positively impacting communities across Africa. The session covered […]

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 […]

Design of Mechanisms for Financing Capital Investments for Mercury Free Technologies

The New CIRDI Project Aims to Overcome Financial Barriers to the Adoption of Mercury-Free Technologies in Guyana’s ASM Sector

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) has been chosen to design new financing options for ASM communities in Guyana. The project, in partnership with Conservation International (CI), aims […]

WEBINAR: Environmental and Social Licenses for Mining Projects in India: Assessing Regulatory Gaps and Prospects for Reform

On June 8, UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) was pleased to host a virtual discussion on the regulatory regime for post-leasing mining licenses in India, with respect […]

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

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 […]

Strategic Partnership Announcement: CCAfrica and CIRDI

  The UBC Institute and the Canadian Council on Africa will work together in catalyzing resource governance as a tool to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals February 3, 2020 […]

TransMAPE Project Report

  Since 2016, The Canadian International Resources and Development Insitute was working with the government of Ecuador to support the sustainable development of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. In […]

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 […]

UBC Graduate Students Engage in Global Policy Fieldwork with CIRDI’s SUMM Ethiopia Project

  In December 2019, the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) collaborated with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs’ Global Policy Project (GP²). As a defining element […]

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum Launched Ethiopia’s National Online Mining Cadastre System

October 30, 2019 – With our colleagues in the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, CIRDI is pleased to celebrate the launch of Ethiopia’s first online, publicly accessible mining cadastre […]

Gender Training and Capacity Building in Bishoftu, Ethiopia

In collaboration with the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Ethiopia, Women, Children and Youth Directorate, CIRDI’s Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) Project held an advanced training on gender […]

Graduating From Illegal Mining | HIGH GRADE Talks with Julius Opiyo

High Grade Media is the globally acclaimed interview series on the extractives industry and natural resources management. Represented by Åsa Borssén, High Grade came to our Leading Practices workshop to interview some of […]

Argentina: Mining Policy in a Federal Country | HIGH GRADE Talks with Carolina Del Valle

High Grade Media is the globally acclaimed interview series on the extractives industry and natural resources management. Represented by Åsa Borssén, High Grade came to our Leading Practices workshop to interview some of […]