Board Committees

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

The EITI International Board approved the merger of the Governance and Oversight Committee (GOC) with the Audit Committee (AC) as a follow up to recommendations from the Board performance self-assessment in August 2020. Given both Committees have oversight functions, the merger would contribute to decreasing the number of Committees and reducing the workload of the Board members. The Committee will retain the name 'Governance and Oversight Committee'. 

Finance Committee

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.

Members
Chair of the CommitteeDominic Emery (Supporting Companies)

Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Francess Piagie Alghali

Victor Murillo Huamán 

Supporting countries:

Erin Kotheimer

Companies / Investors constituencyDominic 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: Mark Robinson and Shemshat Kasimova.

Governance and Oversight Committee

The Governance and Oversight Committee addresses issues relating to the governance of the EITI, including decision-making procedures, accountability lines, governance of the International Management (Board and Secretariat), the Chair nomination process, risk management, constituency guidelines, among others. With the merger of the Audit Committee, the GOC now includes presentation of the audited accounts of the EITI International Secretariat to the Board with a recommendation for approval. 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.

Members
Chair of the CommitteeOleksiy Orlovsky (Civil Society)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Awa Marie Coll-Seck

Michel Okoko

Supporting countries:

Christine Detaille

Erin Kotheimer

Taco Westerhuis

Companies / Investors constituency

James Ensor

Erik Nürnberg

Civil society constituency

Cielo Magno

Oleksiy Orlovsky

Oscar Pineda

Simon Taylor

Secretariat Support

The work of the Governance and Oversight Committee is supported by the following members of the International Secretariat: Sam Bartlett 

Implementation Committee

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

The Terms of Reference of this Committee are available here.

Members 
Chairs of the Committee

Ian Mwiinga (Implementing Countries)

Ms Erica Westenberg (Civil Society)

Countries constituency

Implementing Countries:

Ruslan Baimishev
Django Coulibaly
Maria Teresa Habitan
Carolina Rojas Hayes
Ian Mwiinga

Supporting Countries:

Christine Detaille
Sören Dengg

Companies / Investors constituency

Stuart Brooks
James Ensor
James Nicholson
Simone Niven
Dyveke Rogan

Civil society constituencyDiana Kaissy
Mtwalo Msoni
Oscar Pineda
Erica Westenberg
Secretariat support

The committee work is supported by Ines Schjolberg Marques and Indra Thévoz at the International Secretariat. 

Outreach and Candidature Committee

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.

Members
Chair of the CommitteeDiana Kaissy (Civil Society)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Django Mady Coulibaly

Victor Murillo Huamán

Companies / Investors constituency

Richard Morgan

James Nicholson

Civil society constituency 

César Gamboa

Diana Kaissy

Mtwalo Msoni

Secretariat support

The committee work is supported by Andrew Irvine  at the International Secretariat. 

Rapid Response Committee

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.

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 Bady Balde.    

Members
Chair of the CommitteeRichard Morgan (Supporting Companies)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Ruslan Baimishev

Ian Mwiinga

Agnes Solange Ondigui Owona  

Supporting countries:

Sören Dengg

Companies / Investors constituencyRichard Morgan (Committee Chair)
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 Bady Balde.

Validation Committee

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 teleconferences is scheduled for 28 October 2020 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
Chairs of the CommitteeStephen Douglas (Supporting Companies)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Francess Piagie Alghali

Awa Marie Coll-Seck 

Agnes Solange Ondigui Owona  

Supporting countries:

Timo Voipio  

Companies / Investors constituency

Carlos Aranda

Stephen Douglas

Matt Gobush

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 BartlettAlex Gordy and Lyydia Kilpi.