Employees sort through recently extracted ore from a mineshaft to separate valuable material from waste rock before sending the ore on for processing:ANTHONY PERSAUD

Government Officials from Pacific Alliance Countries Work with Global Experts on Environmental Economics in CIRDI Short Course

Though eclipsed in 2020 by a global pandemic, the need for strong and cohesive action on climate change and environmental conservation has never been more dire. For policymakers, understanding both […]

The Canada-Pacific Alliance Scholarship Program

The Canada-Pacific Alliance Scholarships Program (CPAS) is built to support and strengthen the Pacific Alliance (PA) and its member countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The five-year program is administered […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: Why Local Indigenous Voices are Essential to Global Forest Commitments

2020 is the final year to prepare for a number of international commitments on sustainable forest governance. The post-2020 biodiversity agenda and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will accelerate […]

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, […]

WEBINAR: Organizational Gender Strategy Development

With the launch of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) in 2017, the Canadian Government and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) signalled their commitment to placing gender equality and the empowerment […]

Partner with CIRDI

We believe that effective and mutually beneficial partnerships are essential to creating a better world. We cannot work in isolation – sharing knowledge, expertise and resources not only bolsters the […]

Advancing Gender Equality in Natural Resource Governance – CIRDI’s Strategic Approach

In resource-dependent communities, women are more likely to face risks associated with resource extraction and development, and much less likely to access related benefits and remedial measures. Simultaneously, women hold […]

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 […]

Addressing Gender Gaps in Artisanal Mining Sector in Ethiopia

  CIRDI’s SUMM project officer, Rahel Getachew, and the project’s expert, Chi Pam, spoke about de jure and de facto gender equality issues in the Ethiopian mining sector in the […]

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 […]

Delegates from Chile and Peru trained on Environmental Assessment as part of the Canadian Pacific Alliance Scholarship Program

  During November 9-17, 2019, the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) welcomed a group of delegates from government organisations in Chile and Peru for a short course on […]

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 […]