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Robert Pitman posted a blog post

It’s Time for EITI to Require Contract Transparency. Here are Four Reasons Why.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board has an important opportunity to strengthen the EITI Standard’s provisions on contract transparency when it meets next week in Kiev.State-investor contracts and licenses which provide the terms attached to the exploitation of oil, gas and mineral resources must have citizen oversight. They can determine taxes, subnational transfers, audit rights, infrastructure and barter arrangements, community consultation requirements and social…See More
Feb 22
A blog post by Robert Pitman was featured

Three Ways Companies Can Make 2019 a Big Year for Contract Transparency

Many people understand the debate around the publication of extractive industry contracts as a battle between transparency activists on one side and secretive companies on the other. But if 2018 is any indication, this view is a bit outdated. As our summary of company and contracts stories from 2018 shows, several of the biggest advances in contract transparency actually came from the private sector.In…See More
Feb 12
Robert Pitman posted a blog post

Three Ways Companies Can Make 2019 a Big Year for Contract Transparency

Many people understand the debate around the publication of extractive industry contracts as a battle between transparency activists on one side and secretive companies on the other. But if 2018 is any indication, this view is a bit outdated. As our summary of company and contracts stories from 2018 shows, several of the biggest advances in contract transparency actually came from the private sector.In…See More
Feb 6
A blog post by Robert Pitman was featured

BHP, Others Increase Scrutiny of Subcontracting Corruption Risks

Rob PitmanKaisa ToroskainenAt the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen last month, Geoff Healy, chief external affairs officer of global mining giant BHP, …See More
Nov 13, 2018
Robert Pitman posted a blog post

BHP, Others Increase Scrutiny of Subcontracting Corruption Risks

Rob PitmanKaisa ToroskainenAt the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen last month, Geoff Healy, chief external affairs officer of global mining giant BHP, …See More
Nov 10, 2018
Paul Ogwu favorited Robert Pitman's blog post Opening Up Extractives Contracting to Deter Corruption: What We’ve Learned
Jul 29, 2018
Paul Ogwu favorited Robert Pitman's blog post Opening Up Extractives Contracting to Deter Corruption: What We’ve Learned
Jul 29, 2018
A blog post by Robert Pitman was featured

Opening Up Extractives Contracting to Deter Corruption: What We’ve Learned

Gavin Hayman, Rob Pitman and Amir ShafaieIncreasing transparency, boosting the role of business, and deepening civic engagement in government contracting are powerful ways to deter fraud and corruption, craft better agreements, build trust, and promote a more competitive business environment. But how can we apply these principles to natural resource contracting, where big-ticket projects can be worth billions of dollars?…See More
Jul 17, 2018
Robert Pitman posted a blog post

Opening Up Extractives Contracting to Deter Corruption: What We’ve Learned

Gavin Hayman, Rob Pitman and Amir ShafaieIncreasing transparency, boosting the role of business, and deepening civic engagement in government contracting are powerful ways to deter fraud and corruption, craft better agreements, build trust, and promote a more competitive business environment. But how can we apply these principles to natural resource contracting, where big-ticket projects can be worth billions of dollars?…See More
Jul 14, 2018
A blog post by Robert Pitman was featured

Total Becomes First Major Oil Company to Support Contract Transparency

French oil giant Total is the latest company to make a policy statement in support of contract transparency in the extractive industries. This is the first policy statement of its kind by one of the so-called “supermajors”—the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas companies.Oil, gas and mining contracts agreed between companies and governments set out the legal framework for…See More
Feb 20, 2018
Robert Pitman posted a blog post

Total Becomes First Major Oil Company to Support Contract Transparency

French oil giant Total is the latest company to make a policy statement in support of contract transparency in the extractive industries. This is the first policy statement of its kind by one of the so-called “supermajors”—the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas companies.Oil, gas and mining contracts agreed between companies and governments set out the legal framework for…See More
Feb 15, 2018
A blog post by Robert Pitman was featured

How Many Governments Are Disclosing Oil, Gas and Mining Licenses and Contracts?

It has been notoriously difficult for citizens in resource-rich countries to lay hands on extractive industry contracts and licenses between their governments and private sector extractive companies. But that seems to be changing.For a new report, Past the Tipping Point?, Don Hubert and I reviewed contract disclosure practice and policy in more than 50 countries and we were intrigued…See More
Mar 15, 2017
Kristian Lempa commented on Robert Pitman's blog post 'How Many Governments Are Disclosing Oil, Gas and Mining Licenses and Contracts?'
"Hi Rob, thanks for this. Very interesting findings and a clear indication for the impact of EITI. I guess the next step will be more difficult - what to do for local civil society with this information at hand. All best, Kristian."
Mar 15, 2017
Kristian Lempa favorited Robert Pitman's blog post How Many Governments Are Disclosing Oil, Gas and Mining Licenses and Contracts?
Mar 15, 2017
Robert Pitman posted a blog post

How Many Governments Are Disclosing Oil, Gas and Mining Licenses and Contracts?

It has been notoriously difficult for citizens in resource-rich countries to lay hands on extractive industry contracts and licenses between their governments and private sector extractive companies. But that seems to be changing.For a new report, Past the Tipping Point?, Don Hubert and I reviewed contract disclosure practice and policy in more than 50 countries and we were intrigued…See More
Mar 14, 2017
A blog post by Robert Pitman was featured

Contract Transparency and Environmental Disclosure Opportunities at the OGP Paris Summit

Opacity around agreements governments make with companies over extractives and land projects is a serious problem. When citizens are unable to fully comprehend the nature of natural resource projects, misunderstandings and mismatched expectations can undermine trust in government and companies. In the worst cases, this can lead to conflict.It is for these reasons that NRGI and the World Resources Institute are pleased to see that contract transparency and environmental disclosure are poised to…See More
Dec 2, 2016

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Natural Resource Governance institute
Type of Organisation
Civil Society Organisation, International Organisation
Website
http://www.resourcegovernance.org/
Job Title
Governance Officer
About My Work
Rob Pitman leads NRGI's organizational advocacy and research on contract transparency and manages the use of the Natural Resource Charter as a tool to structure analysis and dialogue. In this role, he has managed programming in Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Myanmar among other countries. Prior to joining NRGI, Rob worked as a lead member of the Carter Center Access to Justice and Governance Program in Liberia, and as member of the Carter Center Conflict Resolution Program in Atlanta. He has also worked on access to justice projects in Namibia and on farm forestry projects in India. Rob holds an MSc from the London School of Economics. He is based in Washington D.C.
Areas of interest
gold, diamonds, oil and natural gas, csr, governance and anti-corruption, investing, geology, environment, social accountability, human rights, contract and licensing, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development

Robert Pitman's Blog

It’s Time for EITI to Require Contract Transparency. Here are Four Reasons Why.

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 22:30 0 Comments

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board has an important opportunity to strengthen the EITI Standard’s provisions on contract transparency when it meets next week in Kiev.

State-investor contracts and licenses which provide the terms attached to the exploitation of oil, gas and mineral resources must have citizen oversight. They can determine taxes, subnational transfers, audit rights, infrastructure and barter arrangements, community consultation requirements and…

Continue

Three Ways Companies Can Make 2019 a Big Year for Contract Transparency

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 22:45 0 Comments

Many people understand the debate around the publication of extractive industry contracts as a battle between transparency activists on one side and secretive companies on the other. But if 2018 is any indication, this view is a bit outdated. As our summary of company and contracts stories from 2018 shows, several of the biggest advances in contract transparency actually came from the…

Continue

BHP, Others Increase Scrutiny of Subcontracting Corruption Risks

Posted on November 10, 2018 at 18:30 0 Comments

Rob PitmanKaisa Toroskainen

At the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen last month, Geoff Healy, chief external affairs officer of global mining giant BHP, …

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Opening Up Extractives Contracting to Deter Corruption: What We’ve Learned

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 2:30 0 Comments

Gavin Hayman, Rob Pitman and Amir Shafaie

Increasing transparency, boosting the role of business, and deepening civic engagement in government contracting are powerful ways to deter fraud and corruption, craft better agreements, build trust, and promote a more competitive business environment. But how can we apply these principles to natural resource contracting, where big-ticket projects can be worth billions of dollars?…

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