Nigeria is among the top 10 oil producers in the world and the leading producer in Africa. Meanwhile, valuable lodes of aluminum, gold, tin, iron ore, coal, niobium, lead, and zinc mean Nigeria is benefitting handsomely from the global commodities boom. But, accountability has been weak for decades and public services are weaker still. Over half of all Nigerians – 70 million people – live in poverty.
This case study explains how Nigeria used the the EITI to combat the lack of transparency and accountability head on by disclosing extensive sets of data that uncover major irregularities and corruption, and triggering public scrutiny and debate.