EITI Reporting during COVID-19

Flexible measures for EITI implementing countries

Flexible reporting

The EITI has proposed measures on flexibility in EITI reporting. The measures aim to ensure that implementation is safely contributing to global and national responses to the pandemic, while upholding commitments to transparency, accountability and multi-stakeholder dialogue. 

These measures allow implementing countries to retain the momentum of the EITI process while adapting to local circumstances and urgent information needs. 

The updated requirements outlined in the document below are for EITI Reports planned for publication in 2020 and 2021.  

Extended flexible reporting requirements

Flexible reporting, documentation and disclosure requirements in response to Covid-19. Updated October 2020.

Terms of Reference

Model Terms of Reference for flexible reporting have been developed and are available as a resource for implementing countries.

The Terms of Reference set out the work to be undertaken by MSGs and national secretariats. If the flexible reporting option is pursued, MSGs should agree on the terms of reference for the EITI reporting process, drawing on the objectives and agreed scope of the EITI as set out in the MSG’s workplan.

Terms of Reference template

The template is for MSGs and national secretariats that are pursuing flexible EITI reporting.

It covers the background, objectives and expectations of reporting, scope of reporting, tasks and expected deliverables, and a time schedule for reporting.

Pilot on alternative approaches to EITI reporting

A project is underway to pilot alternative approaches to reporting. These enable implementing countries to deviate from conventional reporting procedures, including reconciliation.

The project encourages MSGs to use data to undertake analysis, influence decision makers and direct information to a wider set of users.

Participating countries will not be disadvantaged at Validation, and relief from reporting deadlines will be considered on request. Board decision 2020-07 sets out the terms of the pilot project.

"These measures have been designed to allow implementing countries to retain the momentum of the EITI process whilst adapting to local circumstances and urgent information needs. We encourage MSGs to use the flexibility to communicate timely data that is relevant to the situation in their country. "
Mark Robinson, EITI Executive Director


Implementing countries or partner organisations are welcome to contact the International Secretariat, either through their usual contact person or by emailing secretariat@eiti.org.

Country contact points are listed on the EITI’s country pages. For other queries, see our list of contacts.