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Basic Information

Project Number:
Maximum CIDA Contribution:
Executing Agency — Partner:
Start — End:
2013-06-24 — 2018-04-30


  • Africa multiple countries: 35%
  • Americas multiple countries: 35%
  • Asia multiple countries: 30%


This project seeks to set up the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI).

Established in 2013, CIRDI is a coalition of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and École Polytechnique de Montréal. The Institute’s mandate is to assist developing countries to improve and strengthen their natural resource governance through policy, legislation, regulatory development and implementation, training, technical assistance and applied research.

CIRDI’s main activities include: (1) conducting country-level needs assessments (e.g., in the areas of taxation, legislation, revenue collection, and distribution); (2) delivering technical assistance to respond to these needs (e.g.: by improving national legislation and regulatory policies); (3) supporting the training of government officials and practitioners (e.g.: scholarships, accreditation and certification programs); and (4) sharing Canadian knowledge and expertise broadly through publicly accessible media and relationships with other world-renowned centres.

Examples of projects include integrated water resource management in Peru, transforming artisanal and small-scale mining in Ecuador and Colombia, building capacity in the ministry of mines in Ethiopia and smaller projects looking at local procurement strategies in Africa and the rise in mining conflicts internationally.


Private sector development
  • Mineral/mining policy and administrative management (032210): 50%
  • Oil and gas (032262): 50%


Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: 1) improved design and implementation of extractive sector policies and frameworks by developing country governments; 2) increased human resource capacity in developing countries to contribute to the equitable and sustainable governance and management of their extractive sectors; and 3) increased generation and sharing of knowledge on extractive sector governance and management in developing countries.

Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) in West Africa, supported the development of the Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA) strategic mining vision to help guide UEMOA’s approach to extractives governance; (2) in Peru, increased capacity for women’s leadership in economic development and inclusion through Women’s Learning Circles; (3) in Colombia and Ecuador, enhanced awareness of key development and capacity development issues in the Artisanal and Small Mining sector of Colombia and Ecuador through participatory dialogue and engagement; (4) in Mongolia, created a support system to institutionalize and sustain health impact assessments and public health management activities in the extractive sector. Public officials and other stakeholders now have the capacity to manage the public health and health system implications of extractive industries using health impact assessments (HIAs) and health action plans and the implementation of such plans; and (5) 31 extractive-sector professionals from 16 developing countries, including government officials, were equipped with knowledge and tools for use in their daily efforts to strengthen extractive-sector governance in their home countries through the CIRDI Pilot Summer Institute on Resource Governance.

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Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
University of British Columbia - University-Industry Liaison Office2013-05-24Contribution