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Mali Validation 2019

Mali Validation 2019

The Board found on 17 June 2019 that Mali had made overall meaningful progress in implementing the Standard, with considearble improvements across individual requirements. In this second Validation, the EITI International Secretariat assessed the progress made in addressing the ten corrective actions established by the EITI Board following the first Validation. See more under background below.

Timeline of Validation and related materials

  • 28 February 2019: Second Validation commenced.

  • 3 May 2019: International Secretariat sends the draft assessment was sent to the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG).

MSG Comments & Validation Committee Review

  • 24 May 2019: The MSG provided comments 

  • 29 May 2019: Final Validation assessment

  • 17 June 2019: the Validation Committee sent a recommendation to the Board


The first Validation of commenced on 1 July 2016. On 24 May 2017, the EITI Board found that Mali had made meaningful progress in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard (see Board decision).  Mali's Second Validation began on February 2019. On June 17, 2019, the Board decided that Mali had made meaningful progress overall in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard, with considerable improvements across several individual requirements.

The EITI Board agreed the following corrective actions to be undertaken by Mali. Progress in addressing these corrective actions will be assessed in a third Validation commencing on June 17, 2020  (see Board decision) :

  1. In accordance with Requirement 1.4, Mali should ensure that the procedures for nominating and changing EITI multi-stakeholder group representatives are public and implemented in practice. Mali is encouraged to ensure that effective outreach activities are undertaken with civil society groups and companies, including through communication such as media, website and letters, informing stakeholders of the government’s commitment to implement the EITI, and the central role of companies and civil society. Members of the MSG are strongly encouraged to liaise with their constituency groups on a regular basis, and to consult broadly on EITI documents, including the annual progress report, the work plan, and the EITI Report.

  2. In accordance with Requirement 2.2.a, Mali should ensure that the awards and transfers of mining, oil, and gas licenses during the year are publicly disclosed annually, highlighting the process for awarding and transferring licenses, including technical and financial criteria, and any non-trivial deviations from the applicable legal and regulatory framework governing license awards and transfers.

  3. In accordance with Requirement 7.3, Mali should introduce a systematic and structured mechanism to track follow-up on recommendations from EITI Reports and from Validation, with a clear timeframe and clear responsibilities for follow-up. Mali should also take a more proactive role in formulating its own recommendations. Mali should ensure that the next annual progress report and EITI Report provide a detailed summary of progress in implementing recommendations from EITI Reports and Validation.

  4. In accordance with Requirement 7.4.a.iv, Mali should include an assessment of progress with achieving the objectives set out in its work plan, including the impact and outcomes of the stated objectives. Mali may wish to conduct a dedicated assessment of the impact of EITI implementation in Mali.