ResourceContracts.org: A Database of Publicly Available Oil, Gas and Mining Contracts
CCSI, together with the World Bank and Natural Resource Governance Institute, has developed ResourceContracts.org, an online, searchable and user-friendly database of publicly available oil, gas and mining contracts from around the world. Users can search contracts by country, by natural resource or by type of contract; view summaries of key social, environmental, fiscal, and operational provisions; and download full contracts. In October 2015, the site was re-launched with additional user features and many new contracts from around the world.
The availability of contracts in accessible form to the general public equips citizens, leaders and the media with an indispensable tool for understanding the management of natural resources, and thus for building a climate of stronger accountability and trust, political stability and economic development.
The database is continuously updated with contracts; if you are aware of publicly available contracts that are not included, we would be grateful to be notified.
Supporting host governments to disclose contracts: CCSI and its partners are continuing to identify countries interested in developing country-specific databases. Three country-specific versions have been launched to date. On February 15, 2013, Guinea launched a database of mining contracts, making publicly available more than 60 contract documents covering 18 mining projects. And on October 26, 2015, the EITI of Philippines launched its own portal at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico. On February 24, 2016, at the EITI Global Conference in Lima, Sierra Leone launched its own site. On October 7, 2016, Tunisia implemented its own site too. Governments interested in developing a country-specific site should contact us.
Opening up land contracts: In October 2015, CCSI and the World Bank launched OpenLandContracts.org, a similar repository covering publicly available land, agriculture, and forestry contracts. More information about the project is available here.