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.

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

The first meeting of the 2019-2022 Audit Committee took place on 11 December 2019. Its next meetings are scheduled as following:

  • 27 January 2020 - Joint teleconference with the Finance Committee
  • 14 February 2020 - in-person meeting at the 46th Board meeting

Members

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

Secretariat support

The work of the Audit 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 2019-2022 Finance Committee met thrice since its composition:

  • Friday 6 September - teleconference
  • Thursday 17 October - in-person meeting at the 45th Board meeting
  • Wednesday 11 December - teleconference

Its next meetings are planned as following:

  • Monday 27 January - joint teleconference with the Audit Committee
  • Friday 15 February - in-person meeting at the 46th Board meeting 

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 next Governance and Oversight Committee teleconference meeting is on 22 July at 14:00 CEST (Oslo summer time). Please contact the International Secretariat's support team (Oliana Valigura ovaligura@eiti.org and Sam Bartlett sbartlett@eiti.org)if you would like to observe the meeting. The agenda will cover the following:

  1. Aproval of GOC #10 meeting minutes
  2. Draft GOC paper 11-1 Merger of GOC and Audit Committee
  3. GOC paper 11-2 Enhancing transparency and accountability in Board decision making
  4. AOB

Members

Chair of the CommitteeOleksiy Orlovsky (Civil Society)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Awa Marie Coll-Seck

Marie-Thérèse Holenn Agnong

Supporting countries:

Marte Briseid

Mike Toyryla

Jürg Vollenwider

Companies / Investors constituency

James Ensor

Erik Nürnberg

Civil society constituency

Cielo Magno

Oleksiy Orlovsky

Simon Taylor

Oscar Pineda

Secretariat Support

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

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, the Implementation Committee oversees progress with implementation of the EITI Standard, including reviewing Implementation Progress Reports, EITI reporting, and the impact of the EITI.

As agreed through the Board Circular 209, the Implementation Committee will hold teleconferences once every 4 weeks and will:

  • monitor progress with EITI implementation by reviewing the Implementation Progress Reports (IPRs) prepared by the International Secretariat.
  • review the impact of the EITI at the country level, identify innovations and promote good practice to implementing countries to strengthen EITI implementation and systematic disclosures. This includes considering the findings of EITI reporting,  assessments for Validation and other documentation of outcomes from national EITI processes.
  • monitor the quality of EITI disclosures including through annual and thematic reviews of EITI reporting.
  • monitor deadlines for EITI reporting  and make recommendations on suspension where countries have not met the deadlines set out in Articles 2, 3 and 6 in Section 4 of the EITI Standard on Board oversight of implementation.
  • review requests for lifting suspensions and make recommendations to the EITI Board in accordance with Article 8 in Section 4 of the EITI Standard on Board oversight of implementation.
  • review extension requests submitted by implementing countries and make recommendations to the EITI Board in accordance with Article 7 in Section 4 of the EITI Standard on Board oversight of implementation.
  • review requests for adapted implementation and make recommendations to the EITI Board in accordance with Article 1 in Section 4 of the EITI Standard on Board oversight of implementation and the Board’s limited engagement policy.
  • consider any emerging policy issues related to the EITI Standard, based on global developments, trends in EITI countries and demands from stakeholders in implementing countries.

Next meetings and how to observe

The Implementation Committee's next teleconferences are scheduled for Tuesday 21 July, Tuesday 18 August and Tuesday 15 September, 14:30-16:00 (CEST).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

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
Marie-Thérèse Holenn
Ian Mwiinga
Samuel Urkato

Supporting Countries:

Marte Briseid

Sören Dengg

Companies / Investors constituency

Stuart Brooks

James Ensor

James Nicholson
Simone Niven

Dyveke Rogan

Civil society constituency

Diana Kaissy
Mtwalo Msoni
Oscar Pineda
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 is 27 July at 15:00 CEST. Any stakeholder wishing to observe the meeting should let the Secretariat know (see below for contact information). The proposed draft agenda for the committee call is as follows:

  1. Approval of the agenda and approval of the draft minutes.
  2. TBD- Welcome to new Board/OCC member Mr. Victor Murillo.
  3. OCC Paper 9-1 Candidature Assessment: Uganda (for discussion).
  4. Outreach update (for information).
  5. Schedule next Committee meeting.

Members

Chair of the CommitteeDiana Kaissy (Civil Society)
Countries constituency

Implementing countries:

Django Mady Coulibaly

Victor Murillo Huaman

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

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 Bady Balde.    

Members

Chair of the CommitteeRichard Morgan
Countries constituency

Implementing countries

Ruslan Baimishev

Ian Mwiinga

Supporting countries

Sören Dengg

Companies / Investors constituency

Richard 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

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 19 August 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 Committee

Cielo Magno (civil society)

Stephen Douglas (industry)

Countries constituency
Awa Marie Coll-Seck (implementing countries)
Agnes Solange Ondigui Owona (implementing countries)
Timo Voipio (supporting countries)
Companies / Investors constituency
Carlos Aranda
Stephen Douglas
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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