Blog Posts

EITI Board members visit the biggest open pit gold mine in Central Asia – Vasilkovka

The week of the first ever Board meeting in Central Asia, hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan started with a field trip of the EITI Board to the largest open-pit gold deposit in Kazakhstan - Vasilkovka. The mine is located 347 km away from Astana. Operated by JSC Altyntau-Kokshetau, whose parent company is Glencore,

This is part one of a three-part series of blogs that the Secretariat will be publishing in the coming weeks. The series draws on the early lessons and findings from Validation and brings the readers’ attention to the importance of Validation – not just an assessment tool, but also as a means of improving implementation and relevance of the EITI, learning from each other’s experiences and refreshing and energising processes in countries.

Day 3 of Francophone African EITI week in Abidjan. 

When asked about the objectives of Validation, the quality assurance mechanism of the EITI, participants had a variety of responses. These included recognising efforts, assessing the impact of implementation, certifying compliance, respecting the requirements, ensuring the integrity of the EITI, confirmation, consensus and evaluation.

Day 2 of the EITI Francophone Africa peer learning week

 “It is not a problem of will, but a problem of a weak structure and information.” - Djibi Sow, National Coordinator of Mauritania

It is clear that the region needs better information systems. Michel Okoko, National Coordinator of Republic of the Congo said, “There is a lot of talk about information systems. Why? Because they don’t work”. 

The EITI week in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, opens with a big bang, celebrities and strong messages.

The room was so crowded we had to organise extra chairs. Aside from the 60 participants from 14 Francophone African countries, the press and members of ministries and international institutions had made their way to the Novotel Hotel in central Abijdan. 

As the country emerges from the political storm caused by the momentous Brexit vote, Eddie Rich reflects on what lessons the referendum teach us for the future of Br-EITI. 

Germany: From supporter to implementer

Fifteen Validations in 2016 will put a spotlight on the strengths and weaknesses of EITI implementation.

Panama papers and identifying hidden ownership in the oil, gas and mining sectors.

Key decisions on assessing EITI progress in implementing countries.