Eddie Rich EITI

Eddie Rich

Position: 
Deputy Head

Nationality: British

EITI responsibilities: Implementation and outreach.  Oversight for finance, human resources, communications, and the Global conferences.

Work Experience: 

Eddie Rich is the Acting Executive Director until the EITI Board appoints a successor to Jonas Moberg, who left the Secretariat on 17 August 2018. 

Eddie Rich has been Deputy Head of the EITI since the International Secretariat was established in 2007.  In this role, he and his colleague, Jonas Moberg, have developed an approach to collective governance that challenges conventional developmental wisdom.  It is summarised in their book, Beyond Governments: Making Collective Governance Work - Lessons from the EITI. It isn’t difficult to think of intractable global problems that require collective solutions, from poverty and inequality to climate change, but examples of effective collective governance are rare in practice.  The EITI is a case study of entrepreneurial governance.

Overall, Eddie has worked in development for over 20 years.  In 1996-98 he was the DFID representative to Angola.  In charge of a medium sized-aid programme, it soon became clear to him that the development debate needed to move well beyond aid.  This was reinforced when he was part of the small team working on the UK Government's ground breaking White Paper on International Development ‘Making Globalisation Working for the Poor'.  The paper advocated a more coherent approach to international development policy highlighting issues of trade, governance, security, codes and standards, finance, and the environment.  He also co-authored a background study for this on poor performing states.  He was Head of DFID's Corporate Social Responsibility team when the nascent Publish What You Pay coalition came to DFID with an idea for a transparency initiative in the extractive sector in 2001. He continued to work on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in those infant times until 2004 when he moved to Kenya as Deputy Head of DFID Kenya.  When Kenya started exploring for deep sea oil in 2006/7, he was thrown back into the EITI debate.  Since 2007, Eddie has been the Deputy Head of the EITI where he initially led on Africa and the Middle East as well as oversight for finance, human resources, communications, and the Global conferences. He now covers EITI implementation globally.