22 EITI Implementing Countries have a Validation deadline of 9 March 2010. Azerbaijan and Liberia have already completed Validation, but the others have just three more months. With this in mind, there has been a surge in Validation activity. Gabon, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia are currently conducting Validation studies. Ghana, Nigeria and Timor Leste have selected a Validator and are expected to begin to work shortly. A number of other Candidate countries are conducting procurement processes to select a Validator.
The Head of the EITI Secretariat Jonas Moberg welcomed this progress. “Validation is an essential feature of the EITI methodology. Validation provides an opportunity for stakeholders to take stock of the effectiveness of their EITI work, to agree priorities for improvement, and to renew the commitment to dialogue and collaboration”.
Implementing countries are required to complete a Validation within 2 years of becoming a Candidate country. 24 countries have Validation deadlines in 2010:
- 9 March 2010: Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Yemen, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste
- 11 May 2010: Côte d’Ivoire
- 20 November 2010: Central African Republic
Validation measures progress by assessing whether a country meets the requirements (validation indicators) as set out in the EITI Validation Guide. The Validators also make recommendations for strengthening EITI implementation. Countries that meet all of the Validation Indicators are designated as EITI Compliant. Countries that have made meaningful progress, but have not yet achieved compliance, can renew their candidate status.
For further information on Validation is available on our website and in the EITI Rules, including the Validation Guide. For further information contact Sam Bartlett at the International EITI Secretariat.