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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]