About CIRDI - SUMM Project The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI)was founded in 2013 by three leading Canadian universities: The University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Polytechnique Montréal (EPM) under a Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
CIRDI’s mandate is to exchange knowledge and expertise with developing countries that enables leading-practice natural resource governance, environmental stewardship, gender equality and ultimately, poverty reduction. With Canadian and international partners, CIRDI provides leading-practice advice, technical support, training and applied research as well as a platform for innovative thinking, knowledge mobilization and shared learning.
The Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) in Ethiopia project is a five-year, $15 million project funded by Global Affairs Canada. The project is designed to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoMPNG) at operational and strategic levels in order to encourage open, equitable conditions for investment that will benefit local communities, protect the environment and respect the country’s sovereignty. The project’s overall objectives are to improve resource governance and support the long-term management of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.