Development-aid shifting to development-mining in Canada

‘On October 27, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development. “Canada has a long and prosperous history in the extraction of natural resources and is proud to share its knowledge, skills and experience with developing countries,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The Institute will help developing nations harness their resources to generate sustainable economic growth, thereby reducing poverty.” The Institute will be a key part in delivering on the Government of Canada’s commitment to support initiatives in developing countries that will contribute to sustainable economic growth, create jobs, and reduce long-term poverty. The Institute will benefit developing countries by enhancing their capacity to utilize and benefit from their extractive sectors (metals and minerals and oil and gas).

The Institute is to be firmly established as a world-renowned independent centre that is self-sustaining through the support of multiple stakeholders. The Institute will have the capacity to harness Canadian and international expertise to assist developing countries.

As well, it will have established collaborative relationships with other world-renowned centres in order to leverage leading practices and coordinate efforts in resource-sector governance. The Institute will contribute significantly to the body of applied research in this area; increase the technical capacity of developing country governments to better govern, manage, and benefit from extractive industries; and will directly increase the human resource capacity of developing countries through the direct provision of education, training, and knowledge sharing.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will contribute up to $25 million over five years to the Institute’s establishment and initial operating costs. There is no specific cost-sharing threshold.

The proposal is to demonstrate financial sustainability and should include firm demonstrations of other significant contributions to the Institute’s ongoing operational costs, either in cash, in kind, or both. Therefore, such contributions should not be limited to the five-year funding term.

The deadline for submissions is 2 p.m. PDT (Pacific daylight time), September 6, 2012′.

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