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What if we knew the answer to how to unlock social progress for millions of people around the world? We do - it’s good governance. Over the last twenty-five years, the number of mining-dependent countries (MDCs) has increased – these 34 countries are now home to 30% of the global population, including 450 million people that live on under USD 1.90 per day. MDCs will be key producers of the metals and minerals needed for a low-carbon future.

As the African Union marks the fifth edition of the African Anti-Corruption Day, sustaining momentum and accelerating the implementation of beneficial ownership disclosure will remain key in regional efforts to tackle corporate secrecy in Africa.

New report underscores the need for governance reforms in state-owned extractive companies. 

A recent study conducted by the DRC EITI examined the financial statements of nine state-owned enterprises (SOEs) operating in the DRC’s extractive sector, with the aim of understanding whether these companies are governed in line with national regulations. The independent report, which provides an analysis of 2017 and 2018 statements,

Nearly 200 participants gathered last month for a global, peer learning event on advancing gender equality in the extractive sector through EITI implementation.

While there is still a long way to go, the gender equality agenda is gaining momentum in the extractive sector. Last month’s event showed that there is strong interest across diverse stakeholders – including government, industry and civil society – to empower women’s participation in the oil,

Multi-stakeholder initiatives like the EITI are premised on the assumption that civil society’s participation will improve governance outcomes. Yet this has gone largely untested, not least because the effects of multi-stakeholder participation are hard to measure. A research collaboration between the University of Oslo and former and current EITI International Secretariat staff was recently published in Resources Policy,

Lyydia Kilpi, EITI Civil Society Engagement Director, discusses the role that the EITI can play in informing debates around natural resource extraction.

Viiankiaapa is a protected wetland in northern Finland, my home country. Dotted with water pools, pine bogs and birch fens, the wetland is home to threatened plant and bird species. Traditionally, the land has been used for reindeer herding by the indigenous Sámi people. Underneath it lies a rich deposit of copper, nickel and cobalt.

A recent EITI webinar explored opportunities to promote a more systematic approach to supplier transparency.

When we think about the extractive industries, it is often large-scale mining, oil and gas companies that come to mind. The EITI has focused its transparency efforts on these companies, their ownership structures and the financial and contractual relationships between governments, state-owned enterprises and company counterparts.

The EITI reporting landscape is changing. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a challenging outlook for the oil, gas and mining sectors, many EITI implementing countries are modifying their reporting practices. There are some important trends and lessons.

A brief history of EITI reporting

When the EITI was established almost twenty years ago, transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors was the exception not the norm.

The EITI plays a significant role in setting expectations for transparent and accountable extractives governance. It does this both through the EITI Standard, which is implemented in 55 countries, and through the Expectations for EITI supporting companies. An assessment of practice in meeting the EITI supporting company expectations was recently undertaken for the first time.

Introduced in 2018,

Timelier EITI data and synergies with oversight institutions can help citizens ask the right questions about extractive sector management, according to participants in a recent debate organised by the EITI.

More than one hundred participants from 15 Francophone African countries joined an online debate last month on the role of the EITI in preventing corruption in the region. Panellists and commentators shared examples from Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritania,