Promoting Monitoring and Participation in the Oil and Mining Sectors in Ecuador


Issue: Advocacy, Civil Society, Grants

Country: Ecuador

Organization: Grupo Faro


Grupo Faro is working to strengthen civil society monitoring of the oil and mining sectors in Ecuador. With RWI support, Grupo Faro is adding a triannual business trend newsletter to its annual monitoring publications; conducting research on reducing the economy’s dependence on oil and mining and effectively managing those sectors’ revenues; organizing a workshop to inform civil society organizations (CSO) about Ecuador’s developing large-scale mining sector; and creating a permanent online platform where CSOs, academics and decision-makers can get information and exchange ideas.
As part of this work, Grupo Faro organized two workshops in 2011, one on concessions and contract transparency and the other on economic diversification. At both workshops participants from four Latin American countries presented country case studies, heard from relevant RWI experts and formulated long-term collaboration strategies.

Few people in Ecuador who are not directly involved in the oil business have access to reliable information on how revenues are spent, nor has fiscal transparency been an area of concern for CSOs. Mining activity has recently increased significantly. The government’s structural and legal measures to develop the large-scale mining sector have been accompanied by a high level of public resistance and demands for input from CSOs representing communities affected by mining activity.

Grupo Faro is a research center based in Ecuador that supports and promotes the active participation of civil society, industry and government institutions in proposing, implementing and monitoring public policy.

Related Grants

Title Year Amount
Promoting Monitoring and Participation in the Oil and Mining Sectors in Ecuador 2011 $82,800
Promoting Monitoring and Participation in the Oil and Mining Sectors in Ecuador 2010 $40,000