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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]