In the lead-up to the EITI Global Conference to be held in Paris on 18 – 19 June, the International Secretariat launched three competitions with the theme “Open Data, Build Trust”.
The photo, infographic and EITI impact competitions invited stakeholders and EITI implementing countries to leverage creative and innovative channels, using different types of media to express the relevance of natural resource transparency in their country.
The winners and honourable mentions are announced below. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to our three winners!
Students simulating the EITI multi-stakeholder model
by Sarah Weber, Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Democratic Republic of Congo
Students in Kinshasa, above, preparing for the MSG meeting of the EITI simulation game "modèle ITIE", playing representatives of the Congolese government, an extractive company or civil society which has been conceptualised and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The activity has been a huge success that led to the foundation of a student NGO, LITRASE (Ligue pour la transparence dans le secteur extractif), aiming to motivate the future generation of the Democratic Republic of Congo to discuss transparency and accountability in the extractive sector.
About the entrant: Sarah Weber works for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH as an advisor in the project "integrated economic development in the mining sector" in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo where she supports different civil society organizations in the planning and implementation of their activities concerning transparency in the mining sector.
The judges concluded that: "This photo demonstrates how students in the Democratic Republic of Congo use the EITI multi-stakeholder model to discuss and debate extractives data and governance in their country. The photo’s unique composition and lighting bring out the theme of placing a spotlight on data to inform public debate. It captures great energy and dynamism, conveying a sense of continuous engagement in improving extractives governance in the present and future."
Myanmar, Informal jade miners by Hosana Chay, NRGI
Philippines, Philippines Press Institute visit a gold mine by Ryan Dael, PH-EITI
Sierra Leone, ASM gold miners by Mohamed Fernando Conteh, SLEITI
Zambia, Small-scale stone crushing by Sauda Fanny Jussa, Metallurgical Engineering graduate
Towards good governance in the extractive industry
by Madeiline Joy Aloria, Economic researcher
About the entrant: Madeiline Joy J. Aloria is an economic researcher from the Philippines who has worked on a number of public finance issues such as the comprehensive tax reform, audit-based fiscal accountability, and national budget research, among others. In 2016, she conducted a study on beneficial ownership in the metallic mining sector of the Philippines, and in 2018 wrote a research on the political economy in the extractive industry, linking beneficial ownership to campaign finance - both with Bantay Kita, a civil society partner of EITI.
The judges concluded that: "This infographic does a remarkable job of showcasing why open data in the Philippines’ mining industry is relevant. It combines key figures, statements and design elements to draw out key information and highlight the significance of transparency in an ostensibly low-trust sector. It demonstrates as how the work being done by PH-EITI is facilitating better extractive transparency to build trust among stakeholders and communities."
Indonesia, Open data of extractive industry in Indonesia by Mohammad Naufal
Philippines, Open data, opening doors by Ryan Dael, PH-EITI
DRC, Ouvrir les données, renforcer la confiance by DRC Secretariat
EITI Impact in Zambia
by Luke Viljoen, Exploration Geologist
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has helped the Zambian people maximise the benefits gained from its rich but finite resources. For too long Zambia has been at the mercy of multinational corporations and corrupt governments alike, losing billons of dollars and decades of lost progress.
The EITI allows the public to view what companies pay, and what governments receive, including information regarding exploration activities, licenses, and contracts. In doing so, Zambia has seen a significant reduction of corruption as well as received more foreign investment in the mining sector.
Power has now shifted from the political elite to allow the Zambian people to realise the country’s full potential from mining. Thanks to the EITI and the governments newfound commitment to transparency, accountability and good governance, we are finally seeing roads being paved in the Copperbelt province and Northwestern province, the principal copper producing regions of Zambia.
About the entrant: Luke Viljoen is an exploration geologist who has worked in Zambia over the past four years for both local and international companies. In addition to geology, Luke has a keen interest in development issues in the extractive sector.
The judges concluded that: "This narrative outlines the importance of transparency in building trust among actors and communities in Zambia. It speaks to the role EITI plays in reducing corruption and promoting development that benefits the country’s citizens."
Philippines, Open data does not build trust by Marco Zaplan (Technical policy specialist, Philippine EITI)