Board Committees

Role

The EITI Board committees prepare the working documents for the Board and provide recommendations on upcoming decisions. The Board seeks to ensure that committees reflect the multi-stakeholder nature of the EITI Association.

Specifically, committees advise the Board on specific issues related to implementation, Validation, policy and management. Committees hold telephone conferences or get together in person around Board meetings. Committees are re-established every two to three years, after the election of a new Board.

The current Board committees are: 

Observer policy for committees

The EITI Board has agreed a policy for stakeholders to observe EITI committee meetings:

Board members and alternates are welcome to observe committee meetings or teleconferences and should preferably notify the Chair of the committee and the secretariat of their intention to do so before a meeting takes place.

Committees may decide that non-EITI Board members may observe committee meetings and teleconferences, provided that an observer is accepted by all members of the concerned committee and that the committee finds the numbers of observers reasonable. Non-Board members who wish to observe a committee meeting or teleconference should notify the Chair of the committee and the secretariat well in advance of the Committee meeting [three days before the meeting], so as to enable obtaining the Committee’s consent ahead of the meeting.

All observers taking part in a committee meeting or teleconference should refrain from actively participating in the discussions but may intervene when requested by committee members. When a committee makes recommendations to the EITI Board, it may decide to only take into account the views of members of the committee. Observers should not share committee decisions or recommendations outside the committee.

Colleagues of committee members who are assisting committee members with their committee work are welcome to attend committee meetings without actively contributing to the discussions. Again, provided the numbers are reasonable. In the absence of the committee member, a colleague may intervene to convey a committee member’s position on an item for decision, although it is preferable if such positions are conveyed to the Chair in advance of Committee meetings.

Draft agendas for upcoming committee meetings will be posted on this page. Stakeholders who wish to observe a committee meeting should inform the committee contact person at the Secretariat who will convey their request to the Committee chair. You will find the committee contact person under each committee entry below. 

Audit Committee

Role

The Audit Committee's mandate is to present the audited accounts of the EITI International Management to the Board with a recommendation for approval. Find the Terms of Reference of this Committee here.

The Audit Committee's mandate is to present the audited accounts of the EITI International Management to the Board with a recommendation for approval.

Find the Terms of Reference of this Committee here.

Audit Committee holds at least one teleconference a year together with the EITI auditor and presents the audited accounts to the EITI Board. The workload of the Audit Committee is expected to be less burdensome than the other committees.

Next committee meeting and how to observe

Information on the first meeting of the 2019-2022 Audit Committee will be posted here shortly.

Members

Chair of the CommitteeTo be confirmed
Countries constituencyAgnes Solange Ondigui Owona
Companies / Investors constituencyErik Nürnberg
Civil society constituencyCesar Gamboa, Diana Kaissy

Secretariat support

The work of the Finance Committee is supported by the following members of the International Secretariat: Brynjar Wiersholm and Shemshat Kasimova.

 

Finance Committee

Role

The Finance Committee shall advise the EITI Board on strategic issues relating to the financing of the EITI International Management (Board and Secretariat). These include advising on the securing of funding to the levels agreed by the EITI Board when approving EITI Secretariat workplans and budgets, financial reporting, investment of liquidity and accepting of financial operations. It should from time to time review the funding principles adopted by the Board.

The Committee is also tasked with reviewing the EITI's expenditure, including ensuring that it understands what the Secretariat uses its funds for, whether the Secretariat have appropriate decision-making processes for taking decisions with financial implications and whether it considers that the Secretariat makes effective and appropriate use of its funding.

As agreed in Board Circular 209, “[The] Finance Committee [should] ensure that the funding review is concluded with some urgency, resulting in clear recommendations to the Board. The workload is anticipated to be relatively high.”

The Terms of Reference of this committee are available here.

Next meeting and how to observe

The first meeting the 2019-2022 Finance Committee took place on Friday 6 September. The following dates are confirmed for their upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 17 October tbc – in-person breakfast meeting ahead of the 45th Board meeting in Addis Ababa
  • Thursday 12 December 15:00 Central European Time – teleconference

Members

Chair of the CommitteeDominic Emery (industry)
Countries constituency

Mike Toyryla

Companies / Investors constituency

Dominic Emery

Civil society constituency

Oscar Pineda

Oleksiy Orlovsky

Secretariat Support

The work of the Finance Committee is supported by the following members of the International Secretariat: Brynjar Wiersholm and Shemshat Kasimova.

Governance and Oversight Committee

Role

As agreed by the EITI Board in Lima, the previous Governance Committee continues its overview of the governance issues of the EITI and adds a function of oversight of the EITI management and the Secretariat thus becoming an EITI Governance and Oversight Committee.

On behalf of the EITI Board, the committee addresses issues relating to the governance of the EITI, including decision-making procedures, accountability lines, governance of the International Secretariat, the Chair nomination process, risk management, constituency guidelines, among others. As a rule, the committee does not deal with implementation aspects of EITI rules. The committee was initially set up at the 1st EITI Board meeting in New York 7 December 2006. 

The Terms of Reference of this committee are available here

Next committee meeting and how to observe

The time of the next call of the Governance and Oversight Committee will be posted here shortly. The following draft agenda is proposed:

  • Adoption of the agenda and approval of draft minutes
  • Addressing concerns update (for discussion)
  • Gathering feedback from constituencies (for discussion)
  • Board induction training module (for information)
  • Committee terms of reference (for decision)
  • 2019 Board performance self-assessment (for information).
  • Any other business including the Committee pipeline

Members

Chair of the CommitteeOleksiy Orlovsky (civil society)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Awa Marie Coll-Seck

Samuel Urkato

Supporting countries

Marte Briseid

Mike Toyryla

Jürg Vollenwider

Companies / Investors constituency

James Ensor

Erik Nürnberg

Civil society constituency

Cielo Magno

Oleksiy Orlovsky

Secretariat Support

The work of the Governance and Oversight Committee is supported by the following members of the International Secretariat: Oliana Valigura and Pablo Valverde.

Implementation Committee

Role

The EITI Board agreed to establish an Implementation Committee at the 24th Board meeting in Sydney. On behalf of the EITI Board, Implementation Committee oversees progress with implementation of the EITI Standard, including reviewing Implementation Progress Reports, EITI Reports, and the impact of the EITI.

As agreed through the Board Circular 209, the Implementation Committee will hold teleconferences once every 6 weeks and will consider:

  • transitional arrangements for the implementation of the 2016 EITI Standard;
  • guidance and technical and financial support to roll out the BO requirements;
  • next steps on the open data standards;
  • a limited engagement policy for countries with small extractive sectors;
  • revisions to existing guidance material on the EITI Standard;
  • next steps for the mainstreaming pilot; and
  • progress with implementation, including any requests for extensions or adapted implementation.

The Terms of Reference of this committee are available here.

Next meetings and how to observe

The Implementation Committee's next teleconference is scheduled for Thursday 16 November, 14:30-16:00 (CET).  Stakeholders wishing to observe Implementation Committee meetings may contact the International Secretariat's support team (Ines Schjolberg Marques imarques@eiti.org and Indra Thévoz ithevoz@eiti.org). 

Members

Chair of the CommitteeTo be confirmed
Countries constituency

Ruslan Baimishev
Marte Briseid
Django Coulibaly
Sören Dengg
Maria Teresa Habitan
Carolina Rojas Hayes
Marie-Thérèse Holenn
Ian Mwiinga
Samuel Urkato

Companies / Investors constituency

Mr Stuart Brooks (supported by: Mr Stephen Douglas and Mr James Nicholson)
Ms Simone Niven (supported by: Mr James Ensor)

Civil society constituency

Ms Diana Kaissy
Mr Mtwalo Msoni
Mr Oscar Pineda
Ms Erica Westenberg

Secretariat support

The committee work is supported by the following members of the International Secretariat: Ines Schjolberg Marques and Indra Thévoz

Outreach and Candidature Committee

Role

On behalf of the EITI Board, the Outreach and Candidature Committee guides and monitors outreach to prospective implementing countries and supporters in accordance with the outreach strategy approved by the EITI Board.

The Committee also serves as a focal point for the outreach of EITI stakeholders to new countries and companies, ensuring that the Board is fully informed on outreach activities and providing direction to these activities where necessary.

 

Next meetings and how to observe

The time of the next meeting of the Outreach and Candidature Committee has not yet been scheduled. Any stakeholder wishing to observe the meeting should let the Secretariat know (see below for contact information). The draft agenda for the first committee call will be posted here shortly.

Members

Chair of the CommitteeDiana Kaissy (civil society)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Eduardo Guevara

Django Mady Coulibaly

Supporting countries:

Sonia Le Bris

Companies / Investors constituency

Richard Morgan

James Nicholson

Civil society constituency 

César Gamboa

Diana Kaissy

Mtwalo Msoni

Secretariat support

The committee work is supported by Pablo Valverde at the International Secretariat.

Rapid Response Committee

Role

The Rapid Response Committee was set up at the 4th EITI Board Meeting in Accra on 22 February 2008, to “develop a proposed framework for EITI rapid responses to political developments".

The Rapid Response Committee monitors events that could put EITI stakeholders, process, or brand in EITI implementing countries at risk, and to make recommendations to the Board for possible responses. Meetings can be at times time-consuming though overall workload is low, short-noticed and unpredictable and it is critically important that all stakeholders be well represented on the Rapid Response Committee.

Next meetings and how to observe

Rapid Response Committee meetings take place randomly and as the need arises.  Members will be contacted directly by the Secretariat.  Stakeholders wishing to observe the Rapid Response Committee meeting should contact Pablo Valverde.    

Members

Chair of the CommitteeTo be confirmed
Countries constituency

Implementing countries

TBC

Supporting countries

Sören Dengg

Companies / Investors constituency

Stephen Douglas

Richard Morgan

Civil society constituency

Mariya Lobacheva

Brice Mackosso

Óscar Pineda

Erica Westenberg

Secretariat Support

The committee work of the Rapid Response Committee at the EITI Secretariat is supported by  Pablo Valverde.

Validation Committee

Role

Validation is an essential feature of the EITI process. It provides an independent assessment of whether EITI implementation in a country is consistent with the EITI Standard.  In all decisions on Validation, the Board places a priority on the need for comparable treatment between countries and the need to protect the integrity of the EITI brand. The Validation Committee plays a key role in safeguarding the quality and consistency of EITI validation. 

On behalf of the EITI Board, and in accordance with the EITI Standard, the Validation Committee:

  1. Reviews draft Validation reports
  2. Reviews final Validation reports and makes recommendations to the EITI Board
  3. Reviews and makes recommendations on Validation procedures

The Terms of Reference of this committee are available here

Next meeting and how to observe

The Validation Committee's next teleconference is scheduled for 4 December at 14:00-15:30 CEST.  Stakeholders wishing to observe the Validation Committee may contact the International Secretariat's Validation support team (Alex Gordy and Lyydia Kilpi). 

Members

Chair of the CommitteeSonia Le Bris (supporting countries)
Countries constituency
Awa Marie Coll-Seck (implementing countries)
Agnes Solange Ondigui Owona (implementing countries)
Timo Voipio (supporting countries)
Companies / Investors constituency
Carlos Aranda
Alan McLean
Civil society constituency
Cesar Gamboa
Mariya Lobacheva
Cielo Magno
Brice Mackosso
Simon Taylor

Secretariat support

The work of the Validation Committee is supported by the following members of the International Secretariat: Sam Bartlett, Alex Gordy and Lyydia Kilpi.

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