The EITI Principles declare that “a public understanding of government revenues and expenditure over time [can] help public debate and inform choice of appropriate and realistic options for sustainable development” (EITI Principle 4).
The EITI Standard therefore requires EITI Reports that are “comprehensible, actively promoted, publicly accessible, and contribute to public debate” (EITI Requirement 7.1). Improving the accessibility and comparability of EITI data is essential to realise these objectives.
This page brings together examples of open data disclosures in EITI implementing countries as well as extractives data collected by implementing countries and submitted to the EITI International Secretariat.
Open data is also an important stepping-stone towards EITI mainstreaming. Mainstreaming is about opening up governments systems by embedding the EITI’s disclosure requirements into routine online reporting. For more information about mainstreaming, please visit our this page.
Countries implementing the EITI Standard publish EITI Reports that disclose the revenues and other information on the extractive sectors of our member countries. As part of these publications, companies report payments to government (taxes, royalties, etc) and the government reports what it has received. These two sets of figures are compiled and reconciled by an independent administrator and published in the EITI Report.
The reports and data also include a wide range of information on characteristics of the report, such as the scope of the report and location of additional sources. They also address availability of contextual information, such as contracts, licenses, legal and fiscal framework as well a summary of the sector specific figures (contribution to the economy, total revenues, etc).
Summary data is EITI’s tool for collecting and publishing data from EITI Reports in structured way. The summary data files are Excel files, which are filled out by our implementing countries using the Summary Data Template. The national secretariats submit one Excel-file for every fiscal year covered by an EITI Report. The files include classification of revenue streams according to the IMF’s Government Finance Statistics (GFS) Manual 2014 framework. GFS is an international standard for classifying government revenues, making them comparable across different countries and time-periods.
These files are then imported to our website, forming the basis for most of the visualisations and information covered on our country pages.
The quick summary tool below allows you to compare key figures from EITI Reports with each other.
All available summary data files for EITI Reports have been uploaded to our website. These files are also stored on a google drive, accessible through the link below. The files are in Microsoft Excel format.
Disclaimer: We advise to consult the original reports for detailed information. Where figures are not available in US dollars, the annual average exchange rate is used. Should you have any comments or questions regarding EITI data, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below we highlight some examples from EITI implementing countries embracing open data. Some countries have created interactive data portals with various features, while others publish downloadable data files containing information on the extractives sector.
Guidance note 19 - Requirements 5.3.b, 6.2.c and 6.2.d (2013 Standard) / Requirement 7.2 (2016 Standard)
Please note that this guidance refers to the 2013 Standard. In most cases, the requirements remain the same and the guidance valid. An updated version reflecting the 2016 Standard will follow soon.
A core product of the EITI process in implementing countries is an annual EITI Report, containing figures as well as narrative text (“data”) on the country’s extractives industries. The 2016 EITI Standard includes several requirements to promote open data (see also:
Relates to requirement 4.9
Since the guidance note is quite large (7 MB) we have included a lighter version (1.4 MB) containing less sharp images.
The EITI Standard seeks to ensure a credible EITI reporting process that produces reliable data. While data quality issues are relevant to all aspect of EITI implementation,
We have developed standards and codes of best practices in areas such as data dissemination, fiscal transparency and monetary and financial policies (IMF 1997). Promoting transparency in the extractive industries is another area that the Fund has actively pursued in its technical assistance work. Under the aegis of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), a template is now available for reporting and monitoring government revenues from natural resources.
Open data has received a lot of attention in the international arena during the last decade. In parallel to this, the EITI has expanded its work in this area, with a newly-approved open data policy and requirements for EITI implementing countries on open data policies and disclosures. This paper identifies and discusses some key opportunities and challenges of open data in the Nigerian context. It provides recommendations for both EITI and NEITI in their transition toward open data.
EITI Requirement 7.1.c in the EITI Standard 2016 states that multi-stakeholder groups are required to: “Make the EITI Report available in an open data format (xslx or csv) online and publicise its availability.”
In addition, section 5.4 of the Standard Terms of Reference for Independent Administrators requires the delivery of “summary data from the EITI Report electronically to the International Secretariat according to the standardised reporting format available from the International Secretariat”.