The EITI has proposed measures on flexibility in EITI reporting which aim to ensure that implementation is safely contributing to global and national efforts to respond to the pandemic, while upholding the commitment to transparency, accountability and multi-stakeholder dialogue in the countries implementing the EITI Standard.
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. They will be reviewed when the EITI Board meets in October 2020, taking into account wider developments in the health and economic context in EITI implementing countries.
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.
Countries with Validations scheduled to begin before August 2020 may opt to postpone Validation, subject to an extension request citing Covid-19 as the reason for delay. There is still uncertainty about how the Covid-19 pandemic will develop during the latter part of the year, but countries with Validations scheduled to begin from September 2020 may request an extension under Section 4 Article 7 of the 2019 EITI Standard in the usual way.