Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa

East Africa


SIRD East Africa Research Volunteers

The Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa (SIRD) project is looking to fill three volunteer research positions for recent law graduates/junior lawyers to support our work in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. 

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Ongoing Opportunities

We are seeking to establish a database of volunteers to support the project. Volunteers may be asked to give their time to support project activities including training sessions, mentoring, legal research, developing law reform submissions, and community legal empowerment.

Volunteers should have at least some of the following desired qualifications:

  • Extensive experience working on legal issues related to the extractive sector;
  • Extensive knowledge of international standards and best practices in the governance of natural resources (oil, gas and mining) for sustainable development;
  • Extensive experience in extractive sector regulation, aboriginal law, human rights, gender equality, environmental protection, international investment, community empowerment and/or corporate social responsibility;
  • International development experience, especially in Africa;
  • Experience developing training programs, and delivering training.
  • The above are considered assets and may not be necessary for all project activities. 


If you’re a CBA member in good standing and you wish to be included in the resource bank, please complete our online form.


On January 20, 2017, the CBA and Global Affairs Canada finalized a contribution agreement for a five year project, Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa (SIRD). The project will be implemented by CBA International Initiatives (CBAII) in partnership with the Law Society of Kenya, Tanganyika Law Society, Uganda Law Society and East African Law Society.

The project aims to increase economic growth for East Africans, including women and vulnerable groups, affected by extractive industries. SIRD activities will be supported by Canadian technical assistance, drawn from CBA members across Canada who will provide training, mentorship, and technical advice on initiatives aimed at:

  1. Increased engagement of East African law societies to advocate for law reform to reflect the principles of transparency, gender sensitivity and accountability in the extractive industries.
  2. Increased community participation, particularly women, in consultations, dialogue, negotiations, advocacy and other initiatives to advance their rights related to the extractive industries. 

Funded by Global Affairs Canada.

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