EITI Guidance note 14
Publication Type: 
Guidance note
Published Date: 
May, 2016

Guidance note 14 on the establishment and governance of multi-stakeholder groups

Relates to requirement 1.4

Includes standard terms of reference for an EITI MSG

The multi-stakeholder approach is central to the operation and philosophy  of the EITI, and it is reflected in how the EITI is governed and implemented. In each implementing country a multi-stakeholder group (MSG) comprised of representatives from government, companies and civil society is established to oversee EITI implementation. Although the mandate of the MSG varies across countries, the MSG is the main decision-making body responsible for setting objectives for EITI implementation, producing EITI reports and ensuring that the findings contribute to public debate. A fully-functioning MSG is essential for a country to be accepted as an EITI Candidate country and for successful EITI implementation thereafter.

While the MSG has a mandate to determine the rules and procedures regarding its own work and decision-making, the EITI Standard contains some minimum requirements related to the role, rights and responsibilities of the MSG that can help ensure efficient MSG oversight of the EITI implementation process.  This note provides guidance on how to establish and manage an effective multi-stakeholder group. A model Terms of Reference for an MSG is attached. 


1. Summary

2. Guidance

Step 1 – Outreach to stakeholders
Step 2 - Nominating MSG members
Step 3 – Agreeing a Terms of Reference for the MSG, including decision making procedures
Step 4 – Consider establishing a legal basis for the MSG
Step 5 – Consider establishing a national secretariat to support the MSG