Blog Posts

Bridging the information gap with the help of media

The EITI has been publishing reports for a decade now and our three stakeholders - governments, companies and civil society - regularly dig through and analyse the data. Unsurprisingly, all three groups are specialists in the extractive sector and conversations can quickly become a storm of acronyms.

Lessons learned on how resource-constrained government agencies can improve integrity due diligence in managing mining licenses.

On the first anniversary of the Panama Papers, the National Minerals Agency (NMA) of Sierra Leone wants to know who its doing business with. The NMA is the government agency responsible for issuing mining licenses.

New research finds that EITI membership has a positive impact on economic growth for resource-dependent countries, but has not yet been observed to have led to a significant improvement in the control of corruption.

The logic behind the EITI is that by increasing demands for transparency in the extractive industries, citizens will benefit more from their natural resource wealth because a more informed citizenry will hold their leaders accountable for how they manage the common resources (see the

A year ago, over 150 countries signed the Paris Agreement to limiting global warming. Although the EITI has no requirements directly related to climate change, there are some links between the two.  

Every year on Earth Day – 22 April – we are reminded of the dire state of our planet. A ray of hope emerged last year on this very day as the US,

African countries have led the way in tackling hidden ownership. Through their membership of the EITI, 25 African countries have committed to disclose the natural owners of the companies who bid for, operate or invest in the extractives sector. They have committed to disclose the names of any political exposed persons with ownership in the sector. They have developed detailed plans for how they will do all this by January 2020.

This blog is based on a survey undertaken by the EITI International Secretariat in January 2017. The results were presented to the EITI Board at its recent meeting in Bogota. The survey explores the status of EITI countries’ efforts in agreeing open data policies and providing EITI data in open formats. The survey will be repeated in 2018 to assess progress in addressing these issues.

Although no two Board meetings are ever alike, difficult discussions to find consensus on particularly challenging issues are as part of the EITI as any requirement in the Standard. At the Board level – just as in implementing countries – the EITI is a platform for stakeholders to find consensus on what can, in some case, be quite contentious issues.

Reaffirmation of EITI project level reporting: The greater the detail – the stronger the impact

EITI Board members and around 70 stakeholders gathered on 8 March in Bogotá, Colombia for the 36th EITI Board meeting to discuss progress in implementing the EITI in 51 member countries.

Figures to benefits: what we have achieved in a year

The 2017 EITI Progress Report presented at the meeting highlights the most impressive case-studies among the member countries and captures impact

The EITI can be better used to ensure that women’s voices are heard in how the extractive sector is managed.

During my first mission to Kabul, my colleague and I had a Taliban rocket land some forty meters from our guesthouse. It happened in the evening, while we were working on our notes from the day before, and it shook the whole guesthouse. We ran to the safe-room and put on our bullet-proof vests. What was going on, was the compound under attack?

Since 2013, the EITI Standard has “encouraged” public disclosure of contracts (see section 2.4 in the latest edition). In a recent report, Don Hubert and I noted that this gave important additional momentum to the issue of contract disclosure. And while it is difficult to attribute causality to policy change, since the release of the 2013 EITI Standard, nine new countries released contracts,

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