Contract Monitoring and Enforcement Research Project

Columbia University’s Human Rights Institute (HRI) is working to initiate positive changes in government contract monitoring and enforcement practices in the oil, gas and mining sectors. With RWI support, HRI is producing a report on contract monitoring and enforcement that addresses the roles that civil society and international actors should play, countries’ varied efforts to enforce company commitments, optimal enforcement structures and the leveraging of publicly available information. The report will present recommendations to assist civil society and government representatives in advocating for legal and practical measures that improve how contracts are monitored and enforced.

Effective monitoring and enforcement of oil, gas and mining contracts is critical to ensuring that the associated revenues are fully collected and benefit local communities. In many resource-rich countries this effectiveness is hindered by poorly drafted contracts, legal loopholes and weak government capacity.

An earlier phase of this fellowship systematically examined the extractive industry's confidentiality practices and limits on disclosure of natural resource contracts. The results of this study were published in a Revenue Watch book, Contracts Confidential: Ending Secret Deals in the Extractive Industries.

Contract disclosure is a central advocacy concern for RWI,  Publish What You Pay International and our local partners in producing countries. The resulting knowledge from this fellowship is helping to promote an informed and nuanced conversation on extractive industry contracts among home and host governments, investors, banks and civil society.

HRI works to focus attention on the problems in oil, gas and mining sector laws and contracts that reduce benefits to the population.

Related Grants

Title Year Amount
Contract Monitoring and Enforcement Research Project 2011 $21,060
Contract Monitoring and Enforcement Research Project 2010 $120,000