Guide for Civil Society Organizations: Bridging the Information Gap
- Understand company and government obligations related to a company project.
- Monitor whether those obligations are being fulfilled.
- Hold companies and the government to account for bad contracts or for failing to deliver on commitments that are important to communities.
2. Self-Study Training Modules
- Training Module One: OpenLandContracts.org: Introduction and Key Features
- Training Module Two: Analyzing Land Contracts using OpenLandContracts.org
- Training Module Three: Understanding Land Contracts and Land Investments
- Training Module Four: Land Contract Transparency: Benefits and Limits
Large-scale investments in agriculture and forestry are often shrouded in secrecy. In many cases, they are negotiated without the involvement of affected communities, approved through opaque decision-making procedures, and governed by legal agreements that are difficult both to access and to understand. This systemic lack of transparency impedes accountability and exacerbates ongoing disagreements about the real costs and benefits for investors, host countries, and their citizens. Jointly authored by CCSI and the Open Contracting Partnership, this briefing note examines why contract disclosure and a contracting process that is open, accessible, and inclusive are important; what such transparency entails; and how various stakeholders can work towards achieving it.