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 […]

CIRDI Endorses the New Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) realized a significant milestone with the release of the world’s first Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (The Standard) in early August. CIRDI is […]

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 […]

Leadership Changes at CIRDI

CIRDI has made a few changes to our leadership team in the past several months. We are excited to announce that Jaime Revenaz Webbe, CIRDI’s Director of Program Delivery, has […]

CIRDI’s Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) Ethiopia Project Extended

We are pleased to announce that CIRDI’s contract for delivery of the Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) Ethiopia project has been extended by 15 months, until the fall of […]

A Seminar Discussion with Eric Usher of UNEP Finance Initiative on the Role of Sustainable Finance in Addressing Climate Change

“The financial sector believes that climate change can be limited to 2 degrees Celsius.” During an event posing the question “is the financial sector a friend or foe in addressing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CIRDI CSR Seminar Series in East Africa: Enabling Environmentally and Socially Responsible Artisanal Mining

March 2019 – Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia In March 2019, The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) was invited by the Trade Commissioners Service of Canada to present in […]

A Celebration of Learning! CIRDI’s Workshop on Leading Practices in Natural Resource Governance

  To mark the culmination of six years of hard work and lessons learned while delivering a suite of 22 projects on sustainable and inclusive natural resource governance, the Canadian […]

Education as an Entry Point to the Positive Transformation of Ecuador’s Small-Scale Mining Sector

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) represents 85 per cent of Ecuador’s overall gold production and is considered to be one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Mining […]

How Can We Solve the Waste Problem? Mine Waste Initiative: Vancouver Session

Brumadinho mining dam collapse that occurred on January 25, 2019 in Brazil killed at least 224 people. This collapse has proven to be one of the deadliest mine disasters in recent […]

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, […]

CIRDI Signs a Two-Year Memorandum of Understanding with the Vice Ministry of Mines of Ecuador

  TORONTO March 3, 2019 – The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute and the Vice Ministry of Mines of Ecuador signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding that solidifies their […]

CIRDI Supports Global Civil Society Call for Gender–related metrics to be Included in EITI Disclosures

  Advancing gender equality in natural resource governance is central to CIRDI’s operational values, strategic priorities, and aspirations of a world where resource-led development generates equitable benefits for all. As […]

Leveraging Visual Storytelling for Women’s Empowerment in Indonesian ASM Communities

February 5, 2019 – Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta (YTS), in collaboration with Dr. Samuel Spiegel of the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI), recently held a […]

Research article: Improved Resource Governance Through Transparency. Evidence from Mongolia

Can transparency promote resource governance? 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 […]

CIRDI’s Yukon ASM Fellowship Testimonial: Dr. Girma Woldetinsae

  In the first two weeks of September, CIRDI hosted a fellowship mission that brought together 13 fellows representing their countries’ mining and environment ministries or small-scale mining associations. The […]

CIRDI & CCSI Launched an Online Repository of Community Benefit Agreements

  Mining companies around the world increasingly require formal permission and informed consent of local communities to access mineral resources. Community-level permission is often sought in the form of benefit […]

Press Release – New CIRDI and UNDP Study Looks at the of Role of Governments in Conflicts Associated with Mining

November 2018 – The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) published a new study entitled, “The Role of Host Governments in Enabling […]

Enhancing Gender Equality in the Mining Sector through CIRDI’s CO-Lab Peru

  After four years of active implementation, CIRDI’s Co-Laboratorio Peru Project (Co-Lab Peru) came to a close this fall. Delivered by a team led by June Francis and Kristina Henriksson […]

CIRDI at the 14th IGF Annual General Meeting: Takeaways

  The 14th Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development focused on the theme: “Modern Mining Law and Policy: Accountable, Equitable and Innovative […]

CIRDI Holds Final Roundtable Session on Gender Strategy in Ottawa

Since March 2018, CIRDI has been in the process of articulating its institutional strategy on advancing gender equality in natural resource governance. The goal of the strategy is to lay […]