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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.

"Old" Board member meets "new" - this is what they can learn from each other.

Key decisions on assessing EITI progress in implementing countries.

Leading the way in beneficial ownership and commodity trading.

Measuring the impact of something like the EITI is riddled with challenges.

EITI stakeholders measure and understand impact in different ways. For some, it is about improved trust and less conflict, for others it is about growth. For others, it is about enacting stronger laws at home and sanctioning non-reforming regimes. For others again, it is often about incremental opening of democratic space and improved accountability of their governments.