About Open Community Contracts

Open Community Contracts is an online repository of publicly available agreements between communities and investors. In some instances, the repository also includes agreements that include government parties. The agreements featured on the repository include benefit sharing agreements, leases, memoranda of understanding (MOUs), and revenue sharing agreements concluded in the context of agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas extraction, renewable energy, and other natural resource projects. The repository features plain language summaries of each agreement’s key social, environmental, and fiscal terms, among others. Where available, agreement pages include links to studies or reports relevant to the agreement to provide further context.

Why this site?

Building on the expertise developed with ResourceContracts.org and OpenLandContracts.org and CCSI’s research to date on community-investor agreements, CCSI developed Open Community Contracts to increase the accessibility of such agreements to affected communities, practitioners, and researchers. By making such agreements publicly available and accessible in a user-friendly format, we hope the repository will serve as an important source of information on current practices.

Our Team and Partners

Open Community Contracts is an initiative of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

Project undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute is an independent centre of expertise in natural resource-led development. CIRDI was founded in 2013 by three leading universities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Polytechnique Montreal. With Canadian and international partners, CIRDI provides leading-practice advice, technical support, training and applied research as well as a platform for innovative thinking, knowledge mobilization and shared learning on sustainable and inclusive resource governance.