IRIM has implemented over 20 research, monitoring, evaluation and workshop-based projects during the last ten years. Within such projects, IRIM studied issues related to mining governance, and social and economic impact; and organized national and local-level consultation workshops. With respect to mining governance issues, IRIM implemented projects related to:
- Artisanal, small-scale mining conflicts connected to environmental issues,
- Best practices of mining companies,
- Open data in mining licensing, and
- HIV/AIDS prevention.
Other activities undertaken by IRIM, include:
- Review of application of the rule of law principles within environmental governance of the mining sector,
- Corruption risk assessment in the mining sector,
- Impact assessment of the value of investments made by miners and traders in the local economy,
- Contributions to economic growth in ASM-dependent provinces, and
- Environmental impact assessments.
In addition, wide ranging consultation workshop - with the intention of building capacity, identifying sectorial issues and developing policies - were presented by IRIM, among national and local stakeholders.
Examples of projects implemented by IRIM within the mining sector include the following:
- Population Perception Survey: Mongolia Water and Mining. 2013-2015. In recent years, community and public media’s attention have become focussed on water and mining issues, in relation to contrasting perceptions of various topics. In addition, there has been a lack of reliable data to be used for policy making. The survey gathered evidence on all stakeholders’ perceptions of mining’s impacts on the quality of, and access to, water. Based on the survey findings, meetings for developing the water management strategy were organised among all stakeholders.
- National Consultation on Model Community Development Agreement Workshop. 2015. IRIM organized a tripartite discussion (to receive feedback and comments on the model community development agreement workshop) among stakeholders, including: mining companies, representatives from the Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry, and non-governmental organizations. Participants were divided into six groups and provided feedback accordingly. IRIM delivered recommendations (based on participants’ feedback and comments) to the client.
- Corruption Risk Assessment of the Mining Sector of Mongolia. 2015-2016. An IRIM team adopted and used ‘A Practitioner’s Guide for Corruption Risk Mitigation in Extractive Industries’ as developed by the UNDP. A total of 15 corruption risks are identified. The assessment team was subsequently included in the Working Group established by the ‘Resolution of the Minister for Mining No. A/40’ of 12 April, 2016 for developing ‘Corruption Risk Mitigation Action Plan’ and IRIM reflected assessment findings into the ensuing action plan.